Dave “Jug” Dack

I did not want to post more articles before completing the 128 Squadron pictorial history, but Greg wrote me this…

Dave “Jug” Dack was with my grandpa pretty much everywhere. Torbay and England area. Have you put up a profile?

I’d like to show my Grandma, when I see her next, she remembers him the best.


Greg had sent this picture in November. 

He said that I could post it on the blog. At first I thought it was too personal.

He said his grandmother did not mind. In fact she is thrilled about the blog!

Walter and his wife Elizabeth are seen with another pilot, Dave Dack and his wife Vera.

It was taken in June 1944 in Hotel Montreal the summer before Walter went overseas where he flew 74 missions on Spitfires.

Now Greg wants me to look for “Jug”.

It’s the least I can do for him since he scanned more than 200 pictures and logbook pages. I know he’s F/L Dove’s grandson, but he did not have to do it.

So here goes…

What about Dave “Jug” Dack?

David Dack was born in Calgary, Alberta, 9 May 1920. He enlisted in the RCAF in June 1941 and started his training at no. 2 ITS Regina then trained at No. 19 EFTS Virden. He graduated at No. 2 SFTS Uplands in April 1942.

He went to “Y” Depot, in Halifax, while waiting for his posting in England. He was finally posted with RCAF No. 128 in Sydney, Nova-Scotia.  In March 1944, he was transfered to Torbay before going to England in June. He was sent to No. 61 O.T.U. in August for conversion on Spitire. He was posted after with 83 Group then with 401 Squadron on 1 December as a Flying Officer. He stayed with that squadron until the end of the war. He was then posted with 411 Squadron then 416 Squadron in July. He came back to Canada in December and left the RCAF in January 1946.

Nothing much on him on the Internet.

You can click here for pictures of RCAF No. 401 Squadron.