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    Has anyone biographical details and/or a photograph of Sq Ld Kenneth Major killed while testing the Saro SR1 seaplane fighter in 1949?

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    Hello,

    Here is the entry in Hugh Halliday's RCAF Awards site:

    MAJOR, F/L Kenneth Albert (47262) - Distinguished Flying Cross - No.100 Squadron - awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 May 1944. Born in Faversham, Kent, 1914; home in Manitoba. Enlisted as aircraft apprentice [564880*], 1940, later training as aircrew. Commissioned 1941. No citation other than 'completed many successful operations against the enemy in which he has displayed high skill, fortitude and devotion to duty.' Air Ministry Bulletin 14007/AL.805 refers.

    See: http://rcafassociation.ca/heritage/search-awards/

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    RAF Halton - (Aircraft Apprentices) Entry Numbers and Intakes.

    Entry 25 - 564844 - 566009 - January 1932.


    And the brief entry in Les Allison's book, Canadians in the Royal Air Force, Roland/Author/1978/pp.164-5.

    MAJOR, Kenneth Albert, F/L (47262) DFC, from Manitoba, enlisted in 1930, and served with No.100 Lancaster Sqdn, after remustering. His comm. was in Oct, /41** and D.F.C. in May 23/44.

    ** Wrong - https://thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/35444/page/563

    And ...

    http://veterans.mod.uk/roll-of-honour.php?SerialNo=R864

    Col.
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    I note that a Kenneth A Major's Death Reg is given in Q1 1950 in Harwich 4a 678. In the late summer of 1949 I was on holiday in Dovercourt (aged 13), and on the beach. I think I remember the Saro SR-1 (painted white?) flying from near Felixstowe (just opposite Dovercourt) and either trying to take-off, or landing. There was a slight swell and the a/c ‘porpoised’. Much sea-water must have entered the jet intake and put the ‘fires’ out because it stopped on the water. That memory keeps coming back to me! Was that anywhere near the truth?
    Not trying to hi-jack the thread – just to put a memory to rest!!
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    From Aviastar

    http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/saunders_sr1.php

    TG267, the second SR A/1 prototype, was lost on 17 September 1949, a public "At Home" day for RAF Felixstowe. Squadron Leader 'Pete' Major took TG267 up that morning to prepare for the aerobatic routine he planned to perform for the public that afternoon. During a slow roll, he let the nose slip down while inverted, then instinctively pulled on the stick rather than pushing out from his upside-down position. The aircraft broke up on impact, and no trace of Major was found; much of the aircraft was salvaged over the next ten days.

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    Hi there,
    Kenneth Major was posted into 100 Squadron 7/9/43 from 1662 C.U., flew a tour of 29 sorties, one abortive, between 22-23/9/43 and 20-21/2/44, including ten to Berlin (one abortive) and was posted to 1667 C.U. 1/3/44.Regards.

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    thanks everyone, forum helpful once again.

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