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    Default Oxford crash in Canada on 19 October 1943

    On 19 October 1943 an Oxford crashed in poor weather near North Battleford, Canada, killing the pilot, Flg Off Anthony Archer Green RAFVR, and both passengers, Superintendent Maurice Powers, a medical doctor who headed the RCMP’s pioneering crime detection laboratory in Regina, and Cpl Basil James Ford-Smith RAFVR.

    I would like to have the serial and the unit of the Oxford.

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    Laurent

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    EB659, 35SFTS.
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    Last edited by Ian M Macdonald; 24th May 2012 at 21:33. Reason: added unit

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    The crash site is also listed as 4.5 miles north of the Red Pheasant Reserve, Saskatchewan. This is north of North Battleford, and not on the planned route. The RCMP records show Dr. Powers died while on duty. The plane was enroute from North Battleford (home to 35 SFTS) to Saskatoon late in the day, in bad weather. The wreckage was not located until the next day, and some sources list the crash date as 20 October 1943. The aircraft struck power lines, and appeared to be attempting to return to North Battleford.

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    Thanks a lot to both of you

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