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GAVENS Elizabeth May

Service: RAAF – Station HQ Laverton
Service number: 1054334
Locality on Enlistment: Colac
Duration of Service: 17 Mar 1943 – 8 Mar 1946
Prisoner of War: No
Honours: None for display
Date and Place of Birth: 20 Apr 1921 Colac
Parents: Frederick GAVENS and Mabel May KILSBY
Spouse: Ronald Spencer FORBES
School/s: Colac West PS, Colac High School
Occupation: Typist
Date and Place of Death: 3 Apr 2013 Ocean Grove
Place of Burial: St Peters Memorial Garden, Ocean Grove

NOTES: Elizabeth (Betty) followed her older brother Phil into the airforce. While posted at Laverton she met a young radio operator but he was posted to Darwin so their courtship was conducted by mail. Luckily he survived the bombing of Darwin and they finally married in 1946 and settled in Melbourne.  They were married at Colac’s Wesley church and the wedding reception was held at her parents’ home in Ligar St. They were married for over 60 years.