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    Ldg Airman Michael M. BEACHCROFT - FAA/FX.90853 - 31 SFTS, Kingston, Ontario (HMS Canada) was killed in an air crash and lies buried at Kingston (Cataraqui) Cemetery. Looking for info on aircraft and possible other crew.
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    Beechcroft was flying Harvard AJ645, which collided with Harvard AJ643 flown by P/O A.D. Walford during formation practice near Westbrook (4 miles north of Kingston aerodrome). Both persons mentioned were killed, no information on any other occupants. The squadron diary lists Beechcroft's rank as Acting Leading Airman, which was common for FAA student pilots.

    Just noticed that I wrote "Beechcroft" in my notes made from the squadron diary - that doesn't necessarily mean it is right!.
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 8th March 2010 at 12:49. Reason: added rank info

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    Thanks Bill. Best regards from 'Pays Bas'.
    Henk.

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    Bill,
    "They Shall Grow Not Old" (Allison) has WALFORD on Harvard AJ645.
    Regards,
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    Hello,

    AB's the Harvard File has -
    AJ645 - 31 SFTS - Collided with AJ643 and crashed 2.2.43.
    AJ643 - 31 SFTS - Collided with AJ645 and crashed 2.2.43.

    And FAA Aircraft 1939 to 1945 has name as Beachcroft. LA. M. M. RAF, 2.2.45.

    All the best
    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 8th March 2010 at 14:04.

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    Alex,
    Do believe that "1945" for BEACHCROFT in FAA Aircraft may be a printing error.
    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk, the Squadron diary had Beachcroft on AJ645, but that could be a mistake. Hopefully Dakota has more information.

    By the way, AJ643 was repaired and returned to service, and survived in RCAF survice until sold as a training aid in 1960.

    Just had a thought, maybe Beachcroft and Walford were both in AJ645?
    Last edited by Bill Walker; 8th March 2010 at 18:11. Reason: added last line

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    G’day Chaps

    The mid-air accident occurred at 14:30 hours over Westbrook, Ontario while the pair were engaged in formation flying.

    Harvard Mk. II s/n AJ645
    Pilot – 46513 F/L P. Paterson – Uninjured
    Pilot – 430202 P/O A. D. Walford – Killed

    Harvard Mk. II s/n AJ643
    Pupil Pilot – 90853 A.L.A. M. M. Beechcroft – Killed
    Pupil Pilot – 90727 A. L. A. M A. Vickers – Slightly Injured
    This aircraft sustained Category ‘B’ damage

    Cheers…Chris

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    Both men were in the one Harvard, according to a story in the Toronto Star, from 3 Feb, the following day. The crew of the other a/c were not injured. One victim was an instructor.

    Chris, just saw your contribution made while I was typing. Does it make sense that there were two officers in one plane and two students in the other?
    Last edited by dfuller52; 8th March 2010 at 20:23.
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    G'day Dave

    That's what is on the accident record card.

    Cheers...Chris

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