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    Default 17/05/1940, RCAF, Canada, 5 KIA?

    Can anyone enlighten me about what happened to these four men (not five - mistake in title)?

    Flying Officer George E. Auld, RCAF C/1747, age 32, 17/05/1940, Charlottetown People's Cemetery, Canada
    Flight Lieutenant Harvey B. Jasper, RCAF C/194, age 25, 17/05/1940, Saskatoon (Woodlawn) Cemetery, Canada
    Aircraftman 1st Class John R. Kean, RCAF R/51908, age 19, 17/05/1940, Windsor (Victoria) Memorial Park, Canada
    Flying Officer John E. Pidcock, RCAF C/1758, age 33, 17/05/1940, Qu'appelle Cemetery, Canada

    Source: CWGC

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    Bart
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    Bart,

    You may be interested to read following story: http://www.anapid.com/people/jackpidcock/jackpidcock5.htm

    Groet,

    Leendert

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    All were from the No.1 Air Navigation School Trenton - All killed May 17/40 on a night navigation exercise when their Norseman aircraft #678 crashed near Grafton Ontario.
    Source is "They Shall Grow Not Old".
    Dave Wallace
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    Thank you, David and Leendert!

    In the biography-pages of Jack Pidcock a second plane crash on that day in Canada is mentioned. Any clues? All I know is that according to the CWGC there were no other deaths in Canada, that day.

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    Bart
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    Default Aircraft Accident on 17 May 1940

    G'day Chaps

    The only other accident that took place on the 17th of May 1940, involved a Grumman Goose (s/n 917) from the Communications Flight based at R.C.A.F. Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. The aircraft with three onboard, made a night landing at Toronto Island Airport without the landing gear being lowered. The pilot was distracted by engine trouble and rain. There were no injuries. The Goose sustained Category 'C' damage.

    A point of interest for Hugh Halliday; the passengers were an L.A.C. and Wing Commander Wifl Curtis.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Thanks, Chris!

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Chris, can you confirm the crash date for Norseman 678? Griffin's first book lists 16 May 1940. Maybe it was a night flight, on 16/17 May?

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    Hello Bill,

    The plane's operation was 'night navigation exercise'. Confusion about the exact date is therefore understandable. Does Griffin mention a take-off time?

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    Bart
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    No mention of take off time. Unless there was a witness to the crash, we may never know if it occured on 16 or 17 May.

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    Was there another accident on 16th May 1940?

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