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    A Canadian in the RAF, 1375677 John Francis Scholes was commissioned 4 May 1941 (and became 65590); promoted Flight Lieutenant on 10 May 1943. At age 32, killed 28 December 1943 and buried at Bath. Allison reports he was killed in a flying accident involving a Wellington but says no more. It would appear that at some earlier date he was at No.1 Operational Training Unit, Bagotville, Quebec, in which case one must wonder how or why he would move through a Canadian fighter OTU to a British bomber OTU.

    Any details on this officer, and particularly about the circumstances of his death, would be much appreciated.

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    G'day Hugh

    As a point of interest, your man had been a flying instructor at No. 1 O.T.U. On the 2nd of February, 1943, Scholes was instructing from the back seat of a Harvard Mk. IIB, when his student while checking instruments, swerved and collided with an unoccupied Hurricane Mk. IIB parked 50 yards from the end of the runway.

    Further details to follow if interested.

    Cheers...Chris

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    Hi Hugh,

    he was on Mosquito HJ826 (or HX826?) of 60 OTU along with F/Sgt (Nav) J Fox which crashed at Coln St Dennis, Gloucestershire according to an old posting by Dave and Henk:
    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?t=905
    Henk and Dave's old post gives the serial as HX826, although the ORB states HJ826? I don't have the relevant Air Britain serials book to look up though!

    Cheers, Tom

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    Tom and Chris, many thanks. Now comes the hard part. I am advised that Scholes had flown a tour on Wellingtons early in the war (unit unknown, details unknown) and that he had been wounded, whereupon he was posted to Canada for a non-operational tour. I regret having no further information and would be indebted to those who might provide anything, however small.

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    There was a P/O Scholes (no initials, unfortunately) with 115 Squadron in September 1941.
    Chorley lists he and his crew bailing out of Wellington IC W5684 'KO-G' over Devon while attempting to return to Marham from a raid on Brest, 3rd-4th September 1941.
    Perhaps there is a 115 Squadron expert who can supply his first names.
    Ian Macdonald

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    Gents,
    Meanwhile the Mosquito serial amended into HX861; killed in same accident F/Lt (WOp/Ag) John J. MARCUS - RCAF J/9287. Nothing on file re Scholes' posting with 115 Sqn.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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