Lavigne, Joseph Edward Robert

Personal Information

Rank Sgt
Forename(s) Joseph Edward Robert
Surname Lavigne
Gender M
Age 20
Date of Death 09-01-1943
Next of Kin son of August Lavigne and Isabelle Lavigne (Gaddy) of Melfort, Saskatchewan, Canada.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Handley Page Halifax II
Serial Number W7751
Markings NP-F

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country Denmark
Burial/Memorial Place Esbjerg (Fourfelt) Cemetery
Grave Reference AIII. 8. 16.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 197

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/87497
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 4
Squadron 158
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin Canada

Other Memorials

Location St. James of Compostola Church, Lissett, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Memorial Stone & Inscribed Metal Plaque
Memorial Text Memorial to 158 Sqn, RAF Lissett 28th February 1943 - 17th August 1946
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Location St. James of Compostola Church, Lissett, East Yorkshire
Country United Kingdom
Memorial Type Stained Glass Window & Inscribed Metal Plaques
Memorial Text A stained glass window in memory of 158 Sqn RAF
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Miscellaneous Information

Joseph was born at Edam, Saskatchewan on 10 August 1922. His father was born at Victoriaville, Quebec and worked as a labourer and his mother was born at Lethbridge, Alberta. The schools he attended were Melfort Public. 1928-1937 then Melfort High 1937-1940.(General studies). He enjoyed most sports including hockey, swimming, rugby and basketball. Joseph worked as a hardware clerk between 1940-1941 then he enlisted on 7 March 1941.
After training he was sent to the U.K. and embarked from Canada on 24 January 1942. After arriving at 3 PRC on 10 February 1942 he went on to 12 S.F.T.S on 1 April 1942, 24 OTU 25 August 1942, 1658 CU 23 November 1942 and 158 Squadron on 4 January 1943. Just a few short days later, this young man sadly lost his life on 9 January 1943.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 09-01-1943
End Date 10-01-1943
Takeoff Station Rufforth
Day/Night Raid Night (17% moon)
Operation Mining
Reason for Loss Hit by flak near the Danish coast and crashed NE of Tarp

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

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Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

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There is currently no plan to digitise AIR81 files, partly because they are fragile and partly because the information they contain can at times be sensitive, even harrowing, since they may contain exhumation reports and even photographs of corpses. Family members wishing to read the AIR81 files relating to their ancestors are advised to exercise caution and be guided by National Archives warnings where appropriate.

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