Remember Them: Lt. General Don Laubman

Part of a continuing special tribute to help mark Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Veteran Don LaubmanPhoto: Veteran Voices of Canada

Veteran Profile: (Ret) Lt. General Don Laubman/DFC

Don was born in Provost, Alta., on October 16, 1921. He enlisted in the RCAF in September 1940. He was commissioned in September, 1942 and posted to the UK/412 Squadron in 1943. He flew mostly Spitfires in World War II and is the fourth highest ranking RCAF ace. On April 14, 1945 he was shot down by flak and became a POW. He later escaped by driving a Kübelwagen back to his squadron. Don was released from the RCAF in September 1945 but rejoined to eventually retire as a Lt. General.

“Come D-Day…it was incredible…as far as your eyes could see in any direction a vessel of one kind or another.”

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Originally Published in Our Canada