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    Default Wartime fatalities at Patricia Bay, BC (now Victoria International Airport)

    Hello All:

    The British Columbia Aviation Museum has completed a listing of the approximately 180 airmen killed, through whatever circumstances, while serving at Patricia Bay, BC, during the Second World War. A Lost Airmen of the Empire memorial has since been created and the Museum is now compiling biographies for each of those lost.

    They are short on information for the following airmen and would appreciate any details regarding:

    - a photo
    - occupation before service
    - date of arrival in Canada
    - any training in Canada prior to arriving at Patricia Bay

    Any additional information would be welcome too. The circumstances of their losses are known.

    32 OTU
    ALLCORN, Ronald Frank 1318169
    BIRCH, Harold Charles 1582821
    BOWLER, Kenneth John 1315079
    DISHMAN, William Ronald 154274
    FEAR, Alec William Vernum 1268737
    FEARNLEY, James French 999804
    GOULD, Gordon Hugh 151720
    HORNBROOK, Peter Francis 1586682
    HUARD, Kenneth Charles 1313268
    LIGHT, Maurice 1142888
    MacHELL, Edward Bousfield 164428
    MAUN, Robert Alfred 1336919
    MERRICK, Harry 129346
    ORRELL, John 1232301
    SHAW, Kenneth 152316
    STILLWELL, Stanley Howard 1268426
    SUGDEN, Charles 151391
    TALBOT, James Melville 163513
    THORN, Henry James 315905
    WARNER, Alan Leonard 151705
    WATSON, Ronald Frederick 1604441

    3 OTU
    GORDON, Ernest 985480
    MORSE, Gordon 173787

    Thanks in advance:

    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    I have the details and photo of Alan William John HUNT RAAF who was killed on 14 March 1943 with 32 OTU. He is not on your list, please let me know if you need any details.

    Regards,

    John.

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    Thanks, John. Yes please.

    Robert

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    Hi Robert,

    Contact me off line on harleyDOT158ATbigpondDOTcom replace the DOT & AT with the usual.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Rob,

    You did not make it clear that you would find RAAF fatalities at 32 OTU useful. If so, here is a listing of said casualties:

    420343 P/O Allan William John HUNT RAAF + 14-3-1943 - Hampden I P5433
    414416 P/O Reginald Keith MANTTAN RAAF +14-3-1943 - - ditto
    421149 Sgt Richard Trathen BARROW RAAF + 13-4-1943 -Hampden I AN121
    420864 P/O Charles John DAVIS RAAF + 23-5-1943 - - - - Hampden I AN142
    422565 Sgt Reginald John HUGHES RAAF +23-5-1943 - - - ditto
    418499 Sgt Colin Lisle BISHOP RAAF +27-5-1943 - - - - - - ditto (died of injuries in Pat Bay Hospital)
    422214 Sgt George Webb MADDRELL RAAF + 4-6-1943 - - Hampden I AN100
    418185 Sgt Grant Charles SENGER RAAF + 4-6-1943 - - - - ditto
    420751 Sgt Allan Spencer LYNCH RAAF + 14-6-1943 - - - - Hampden I AJ992
    421626 Sgt Elton Roy RITCHIE RAAF + 14-6-1943 - - - - - - ditto
    423799 Sgt Francis Keith MAIDEN RAAF + 9-10-1943 - - - -Hampden I AN101
    413700 Sgt Neville Oswald WEEKES RAAF + 9-10-1943 - - - ditto

    Col.
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    Thanks, Col.

    Yes, we have those. Focus is on fleshing out those listed in my initial post. All airmen lost, regardless of nationality or cause, are included in the overall project.

    Robert
    Last edited by robstitt; 9th August 2018 at 14:16.

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