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    Hello,

    On 11-6-1942, AUS414330 LAC Gordon Oswald WILSON RAAF was accidentally killed in Canada. His unit is described as - 12 SFTS, Brandon, Manitoba. Seeking identity of aircraft and crew please.

    Col.

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    Col,
    Just a thought, but two others killed on this date in Canada are P/O A.B. Polley and Corporal R.G. McCutcheon, both RCAF, may be a connection, but may not.

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    Col,
    Quote from "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Allison) page 608 under P/O (Pilot) Atrthur Beverley POLLEY - J/8159, from Calgary, Alberta:
    "Killed Jun. 11/42 age 29. #12 Service Flying Training School, Brandon, Manitoba. Cessna Crane aircraft #7887 and Cessna Crane aircraft #7745 were engaged in circuits and landings at the airfield at Chater, Manitoba. As they approached to land they received a red flare, the lower aircraft gained height and collided with the upper one. P/O Polley and LAC G.O. Wilson (RAAF) were the only casualties and they were both killed in aircraft 7887. P/O Polley is buried in the Burnsland Cemetery at Calgary, Alberta".

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    Henk.

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    From my notes, the collision occured at 17:40 local time. Aircraft 7745 was only Category C damage (repaired on site), with no injuries to the occupants. The instructor in 7745 was first reported as P/O Polley, this has been changed by hand on the Record Card, and I can't make out the corrected name.

    Chater was a relief aerodrome, about 7 miles east of Brandon aerodrome, today in Cornwallis Township. The runways are still visible on Google Earth, but the airfield look unused today.

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    Gentlemen,

    I thank you all,

    The reason I ask, is that AUS420209 William Gordon KENDALL RAAF, is mentioned in the Item Notes of Wilson's undigitised A705 (NAA: A705 163/178/338).

    Kendall, also of 12 SFTS, was killed on the night of 27/28-5-1943 in Crane I 8098. NZ421512 LAC Raymond Thomas INGLEY RNZAF and NZ421392 LAC Thomas Frampton OSBORNE RNZAF, were also killed in this accident (See:FYT2/100).

    Was Kendall involved in the incident on 11-6-1942?

    Your help much appreciated up to date.

    Regards, Col.

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    Col, do you have a rank for Kendall? He may have been the instructor on 7745. It is unlikely that a student would still be at the SFTS 11 months later, unless he had a prolonged illness or other injury.

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    Hello Bill,

    Kendall's rank on 11-6-1942, is quoted as Sergeant.

    Col.

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