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    Default Flying Officer George Peters Johnstone #C824 Killed 18th November 1939 Aircraft ID?

    From the Globe and Mail link kindy posted earlier


    Trying to ID aircraft involved.. Flying Officer G. P. Johnstone is George Peters Johnstone #C824

    Flying Officer J. D. Morrison is F/O John David Morrison - This is only my mystery bail out list. I suspect both were in 110 Sqn - Trying to ID both aircraft involved if possible any work out was on which many thanks Paul

    PS At least I can confirm date of incident as November 18, 1939 now

    Toronto Monday November 20, 1939

    Young Flying Officer Killed When Planes Collide at Ottawa

    Ottawa Nov 19 (CP) - A Royal Canadian Air Force escort tonight
    accompanied the body of Flying Officer G. P. Johnstone of Regina,
    killed Saturday when his training plane collided with another 1000
    feet in the air over Rockcliffe military airport, to the Union Station
    tonight, where it was put on a rain for his home city.

    Flying Officer J. D. Morrison, also of Regina, and pilot of the second plane,
    bailed out in his parachute to safety and suffered minor injuries in the crash
    which totally destroyed the two planes. A court of inquiry will be held.

    An eye-winess of the incident said that three plane were flying in formation. "All of a
    sudden they went into a loop after a dive and the second machine seemed to follow" he
    said. "The third craft swerved as if to avoid striking the machien ahead, but ripped the
    wing off the plane. I could see the wing drift away in the wind as the plane spiralled
    down at terrfic spped.

    "I noticed one man bail out in his parachute and the people around has a few anxious
    moments until we saw the chute open and the pilot's fall halted. The other pilot
    did not seem to have a chance to jump.

    The planes crashed n fields on opposite sides of the road leading from the main
    highway into teh RCAF air station. Johnstone's plane burst into flames and
    airport attendants who rushed to the site were
    unable to get near it.

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    Allison's THEY SHALL GROW NOT OLD RECORDS Johnstone's aircraft as Tiger Moth 279 of 110 Squadron.

    Ian Macdonald

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    Ian

    Thanks for this (and for Perley-Martin details) - At this moment I will put a note that F/O John David Morrison masy have also been flying a Tiger Moth serial unknown

    Paul

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    Paul,
    The Rockcliffe ORB records Morrison as flying Tiger Moth 252
    Ian Macdonald

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    Ian

    Thanks that completes my Canadian bale outs upto 1939 almost 100%

    Except if you can confirm Armstrong Atlas 403 loss on 13 or 15 Dec 1938?

    Crew McKay and Wilkinson iirc that would make it 100%

    Many many thanks Paul

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    From my notes both aircraft had just arrived at 110 Squadron in late September or early October 1939, from other auxiliary Squadrons. 110 Squadron was undergoing intensive training at the time in preperation for its transfer to the UK with Canadian built Lysanders in February 1940. Interestingly, the squadron only officially transferred to Rockliffe on 17 December 1939, after this collision. It had been based at De Lesseps Aerodrome near Toronto since founding in 1932.

    The records I have seen do not list the crew in either aircraft.

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    Paul,
    I can confirm from the accident report; Atlas 403 of 2 (AC) Squadron, night bail out after dropping flares at about 2300 hrs, 15th December 1938, near Cardinal ON, F/O R.M. McKay and 275 Cpl P.W. Wilkinson safe
    Ian Macdonald

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    Ian

    Thank you for sorting out all my queries


    Paul

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    re:

    275 Cpl P.W. Wilkinson s

    I believe this to be Philip Wilkison later Wing Commander Philip Wilkinson, AFC C/2130

    Is 275 is Service number and I don;t suppose any clue to the W is in P W Wilkinson

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    Yes, 275 was his service number.
    I cannot confirm that he and W/C Wilkinson are one and the same, but it seems likely.
    Refer; http://airforce.ca/uploads/airforce/2009/07/ALPHA-WI.html
    Ian Macdonald

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