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Thread: AC2 C.M. Wood, RCAF, 16/06/1940, Canada

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    Bart FM Droog Guest

    Default AC2 C.M. Wood, RCAF, 16/06/1940, Canada

    What caused the death of:

    Aircraftman 2nd Class Chester M. Wood, RCAF R/63779, age 33, 16/06/1940, London (Woodland) Cemetery, Canada

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Bart,

    Chester M. Wood was in fact an American from NYC who was killed in a flying accident at/near Trenton, Ont. when his Fleet Finch had gone in a spin.

    Source:
    http://www.legionmagazine.ca/features/canadianmilitaryhistory/06-07.asp?id=print

    If site doesn't open, try the "In cache" or just google "Chester M. Wood RCAF 1940".

    Regards,

    Leendert

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    Hello Leendert,

    Thanks, found it in the Google cache. Only remaining questions regarding this case are:
    What was the serial number of his <a href='http://www.canadianflight.org/collect/col_10.htm'>Fleet Finch</a> (nice plane - never heard from it before) and to what unit he belonged to?.

    Regards,

    Bart

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    Hi Bart;

    This was probably Finch 4453, which crashed near Consecon, Ontario on 16 June 1940. It was assigned to Trenton at the time, so it was probably with the Central Flying School. Hopefully Dakota can confirm the unit and the occupant(s).

    The Finch was a product of Fleet Aircraft in Fort Erie, Ontario, based on the Consolidated primary trainers of the 1930s. Picture a Tiger Moth with an exposed radial engine. More information at http://www.rcaf.com/aircraft/trainers/finch/index.php?name=Fleet%20Finch

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    Bart FM Droog Guest

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    Thanks Bill,

    And nice plane indeed, the Finch.

    Regards,

    Bart

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