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    Default No 31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario.

    Wonder if anyone can help on an aircraft that was presumed crashed from No 31 Service Flying Training School, Kingston, Ontario on 5 July 1944.

    I believe that they flew Battles and Harvards, although not entirely sure.

    The pilot was actually a Fleet Air Arm casualty, Leading Airman Eric SKORROW - FAA/FX. 582906. He was initially posted missing and then presumed dead, and is commemorated on the Lee-on-Solent Memorial.

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    In July 1944 31 SFTS operated primarily Harvards. They also has Lysanders in the target tug flight, and a flight of Ansons used with the local Army radar school. They also had 1 or 2 Walrus on strength for rescue over the lake.

    The 31 SFTS daily diary records Skorrow's crash and disappearance on the 5th, but doesn't identify the aircraft. It notes that he was engaged in formation flying training when he crashed into the lake near Wolfe Island, so it was almost certainly a Harvard aircraft. It may be FE731, ownership of which passed to nearby No. 6 RD on 7 July 1944 for write off, but I haven't been able to confirm this.

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    Hello,

    Could someone with Air-Britain's Harvard File, check out RCAF Harvard II FE268. It was involved in a Cat 'A' incident on 5-7-1944. Have no further details.

    Col.
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    Don't know how I missed that one Col. FE268 was a 31 SFTS aircraft at the time of its crash, and looks like it could be the one. By the way, it was a Canadian built Harvard IIB.

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    G'day Chaps

    I just looked at the accident record cards. It is indeed Harvard Mk. IIB s/n FE268.

    I'll post accident details tomorrow if you would like.

    No. 31 S.F.T.S. had one Walrus on strength. It was s/n L2330.

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 22nd January 2014 at 04:00. Reason: additional gen

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    Many thanks gentlemen for your input, a great team effort.

    Martyn

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