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    Default LAC Walter Ossian SLASSOR 1523097, KOAS Canada 7/01/44?

    Hello everyone

    Has anyone got any details about the loss of the rather wonderfully named Walter Ossian Slassor?

    He is commemorated on the memorial at Hatfield College, Durham, which states he was killed in a flying accident in Canada on January 7th, 1944, aged 19. He is buried in Ottawa (Beechwood) Cemetery.

    Many thanks

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    Simon

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    Hi Simon

    According to TSGNO he was killed whilst flying in Harvard II, AH201 of No 2 SFTS, which was lost in a flying accident.

    Malcolm

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    Thanks for that Malcolm, much appreciated.

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    Simon

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    The Record Card records the crash location as "near Richmond, Ontario". This is probably the old village of Richmond, merged in to Ottawa in about 2000. It is located about 15 miles south-west of Uplands, the base aerodrome of 2 SFTS.

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    Thank you for the location information Bill.

    Regards

    Simon

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    G'day Chaps

    The accident record card shows that the Harvard Mk. II went into a right hand spin and crshed and burned on the main aerodrome (Uplands) at 17:10 hours.

    More details if requested

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 21st August 2013 at 14:55. Reason: spelling error

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    Thanks Chris - yes, anything else you have would be much appreciated. Was LAC Slessor the sole occupant, or was he with an instructor?

    Regards

    Simon

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    G'day Simon

    First off, although the accident record card lists the crash having taken place at the main aerodrome, I have also seen it listed as near Uplands in other sources.

    Slassor was carrying out Sequences 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 17 and 20.

    “The reason for failure to recover from spin is obscure, but in my opinion it was possibly due to the pupil becoming incapacitated just before going into the spin or in its early stages.”

    Court of Inquiry or Investigating Officer's Report findings:

    Summary No. 2261

    RECOMMENATIONS: As indicated in remarks, theory of a/c recovery on flat spins on Harvard a/c with dead engine is not generally understood by F. I. (Flying Instructors), therefore recommend that accurate information on phase of spins be given to instructors flying this a/c.

    CONCLUSIONS: Agree. NOTE 1. I. O. (Investigating Officer) was also satisfied that L.A.C. Slassor had received proper and sufficient flying training at Unit including usual instrument recovery from spins in Harvard a/c.

    NOTE 2, I.O. Was also satisfied that Harvard AH201 was serviceable and fit for flight but there is much room for improvement in keeping of maintenance records. Noted however, that steps have been taken by Unit to affect such improvements.

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 21st August 2013 at 16:17. Reason: additiopn

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    Thanks once Again Chris - that's very helpful indeed.

    Regards

    Simon

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