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    Hello,

    A big ask !

    At some time during his stint in Canada (August, 1942 - February, 1944), AUS420644 James Carrall DILLON RAAF, found the need to bale out of his aircraft after his engine caught fire. Dillon served at 1 SFTS, Camp Borden, 1 FIS, Trenton, 1 OTU, Bagotville, another period at Camp Borden, and at 36 OTU, Greenwood. After his initial training, he was retained in Canada on instructional duties. He primarily flew single-engine types ie, Harvards and Hurricanes. l have no idea of the precise date of the bale out, but l tend to think it was later in his service, having received his "Caterpillar Badge", in January, 1944.

    Can someone please provide a time/place for Dillon's bale-out ?

    Any help appreciated.

    Col.

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    G'day Col

    At 08:30 hours on the 23rd of November, 1943, your man 'hit the silk'. He was flying a Canadian-built Hawker Hurricane Mk. XIIA, s/n BW587 while with No. 1 O.T.U. Dillon had been airborne for about 35 to 40 minutes doing formation flying, when the Packard Merlin failed, apparently on fire. Dillon bailed out and the aircraft crashed at St. Leonard, 4.5 miles north-west of Shipshaw, Quebec.

    The engine failure was attributed to oil starvation resulting from the disconnection of scavenge oil line when the union nut slacked back. It was recommended that all union nuts used in the oil system on this engine type be locked with wire.

    Incidentally Col, Dillon was also involved in two other accidents

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 6th November 2013 at 15:02. Reason: missed something

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    I think Chris meant BW857. Dloes anyone known Dillon's rank at this time?

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    G'day Dakota,

    Nice work, Mate !

    l only had the barest details on the actual bale-out. l suspect the other incidents involving Dillon would be minor affairs, there is no mention of any hospitalization in his files. If it's not to much trouble, could you briefly mention the circumstances of the other two accidents?

    As always, your help much appreciated.

    PS. Bill, Dillon was T/F/Sgt, 4/6/1943, commissioned 9/11/1943.

    Cheers,

    Col.
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    G'day

    Good eye Bill!

    Col, it turns out there was only one other accident. I have two sets of cards reference a single accident involving two aircraft.

    The accident occurred on the 28th of March, 1943 at 09:30 hours. Both aircraft were from No. 1 Service Flying Training School at R.C.A.F. Station Camp Borden, Ontario.

    N.A. Harvard Mk. II s/n 3201
    Flying Instructor – J22349 Pilot Officer J. S. Hill, R.C.A.F.
    Pupil Pilot – 426346 L.A.C. Hornibrook, R.A.A.F.
    Category C.1 damage

    N.A. Yale Mk. I, s/n 3450
    Flying Instructor – 420644 Sergeant J, C, Dillon, R.A.A.F.
    Pupil Pilot – 421769 L.A.C. A. D. Tagget, R.A.A.F.
    Category C.3 damage

    Both student pilots were carrying out circuits. Yale 3450 was taking off while Harvard 3201 was landing behind and to the left. It bounced to the right on touching down and ran into the tail section of the Yale.

    Pilot Officer Hill had his logbook endorsed for his momentary lapse of judgment.

    Cheers..Chris
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    Dakota,

    Thanks for that!

    l'm familiar with the careers of both AUS426346 LAC (later F/O) Albert Keith HORNIBROOK RAAF, and AUS421769 LAC (later F/Sgt) Allen Douglas TAGGET RAAF. Neither survived the war. Hornibrook was killed on 23-9-1944 in No.61 Sqn Lancaster III ED470, and Tagget on 13-7-1944, in No.9 Sqn Lancaster I LM221.

    Tagget later re-mustered as Air Gunner:

    http://www.awm.gov.au/collection/P06924.001

    and Hornibrook's older brother, AUS414034 F/L Harold Kevin HORNIBROOK RAAF, was lost on 24-8-1943, in No.158 Sqn Halifax II HR979.

    Much appreciated.

    Col.
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    A minor addition: Yale 3450 is reportedly under restoration in Texas.

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