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Leavitt, Robert Frederick DFC (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-September-21

Birth Date: 1916-June-17 (age 25)

Born: Saskatoon, Saskatoon Census Division, Saskatchewan, Canada

Son of Sherman E and Clara B Leavitt, of Regina, Saskatchewan.

Home: Regina, Saskatchewan

Enlistment Date: 1939-03-06

Decorations: DFC


Distinguished Service Cross
Service
RAF
Unit
Ferry Command- Ferry Command (RAF)
Base
Dorval, Quebec
Rank
Flight Lieutenant
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
42238

Hudson Mk. III AE545

Ferry Flight 1941-September-21 to 1941-September-21

() Ferry Command (RAF) Dorval, Quebec

RAF Ferry Command, Dorval, Quebec. Hudson III aircraft AE545 was lost without a trace on a flight between Gander, Newfoundland and Prestwick, Scotland

Flight Lieutenant RF Leavitt (RAF)(Can), Sergeant EW McFall (RCAF) and Canadian civilian Radio Officer RD Anderson were all missing, presumed killed in this flying accident

The missing have no known graves and all are commemorated on memorials in Canada and the UK

Ocean Bridge, The History of RAF Ferry Command by Carl A Christie, pages 311, 389n27

General [Royal Air Force Serial and Image Database]...

Pilot Flight Lieutenant RF Leavitt (RAF)(Can) had previously flown Spitfires with the 1 Photographic Reconnaissance Unit. In April of 1941, Flight Lieutenant Leavitt's aircraft was hit by flak off the Norwegian Coast, but he returned to base, despite suffering a concussion and head injuries. He was awarded a DFC for this operation

Canadians in the Royal Air Force by Les Allison page 160

General The short, adventurous life of Regina Pilot Bobby - Leavitt ...

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Finadagrave.com

Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

Flight Lieutenant Robert Frederick Leavitt has no known grave.

Home
Google MapRegina, Saskatchewan

Google MapRunnymede Memorial Surrey
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Hudson AE545

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

YouTube Hudson

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hudson

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. III AE545

RAF Ferry Command Hudson III aircraft #AE 545 was lost enroute from Canada to England. In April of 1941

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