Laforet was born in Sandwich East, Ontario, on April 20th, 1921. He decided to join the Air Force, spent 3 months in Hamilton, and went to Toronto to complete his basic training at Manning Depot. He trained as a navigator first but eventually trained as a bomb aimer.
He was posted in England on March, 1945. He was in Wales for two months when the war came to an end. But he still continued his service to the military by volunteering for the Pacific Theatre to help discharge Canadian soldiers.
One of his most memorable experiences was at Fingal when the wing of the aircraft he was on caught on fire. It was too close to the ground for them to jump out of the plane, so the pilot made a steep turn which brought the wing down and extinguished the fire.