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Clifford Roy Gavel


Lieutenant (Pilot), O-26476, RCN(R)


Born: 07 Sep 1923, Regina, Saskatchewan


Died: 31 Jan 1947 at sea


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GAVEL, Clifford Roy, Lt (P), O-26476, RCN(R),  killed - 31 Jan 1947, HMCS WARRIOR - Son of Roy Ferguson and Edith Kate (nee Fowkes) Gavel, of Vancouver, British Columbia; husband of Jean Loraine Gavel, of Vancouver, British Columbia. Stepbrother of Clarence.


Clifford Gavel enlisted in the RCAF on 07 Oct 1942 and served until 13 Jun 1945 when he transferred to the RNVR as a SLt (A). On 30 Sep 1945 he transferred to the RCN(R). Lt Gavel died when the aircraft in which he was a passenger crashed into the sea off Portland Island, four miles North East of Patricia Bay, BC. The province of British Columbia honoured Lieutenant Gavel by naming Gavel Lake in his honour.


Ships served in:

HMCS WARRIOR - Served in Warrior 23 Feb 1946 - 01 Jun 1946 as a Lt (P), RCN(R) for 825 SQN

HMCS WARRIOR - Appointed to Warrior 27 Aug 1946 as a Lt (P), RCN(R), add'l for flying duties 825 SQN


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(1) ID Card  (2) ID photo from service file  (3-4) Service summary RCAF  (5-6) Service Summary RCN  (7) Report of Death



Second World War Casualty Index