Record of death: "British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986; 1992-1993" (#70283).
Stationed at RAF Ayr (Heathfield), Scotland, F/O R. M. MacTavish died during flight formation training when 439 Squadron's Hawker Hurricane (#LD564) aircraft crashed into the forest close to Loch Doon, a freshwater lake near Dalmellington in East Ayrshire, Scotland.
From the Canadian Virtual War Memorial--
Rank: Flying Officer
Service Number: J/22385
Force: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: RCAF 439 Squadron
Citation: 1939-45 Star, Air Crew Europe Star, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp, War Medal 1939-45.
Son of Wilfrid Lawrence MacTavish and Edith Jane (née McInnis) MacTavish of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada [father born in Ontario; mother born in Saskatchewan]; brother of Jacqueline and Jeanette.
Flying Officer Roswell Murray MacTavish is commemorated on Page 376 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.
Wilfred Lawrence MacTavish
A MAN GREATLY BELOVED