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Armstrong, Willis Henry (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-July-11

Birth Date: 1920-August-05 (age 22)

Born: Dufferin Ontario

Son of Elmer and Gertrude Armstrong, of Orangeville, Ontario, Canada.

Home: Orangeville, Ontario

1489 Flight- Flight
Flight Sergeant
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Service Numbers
1489 Flight. Martinet aircraft ft HP 269 crashed at Hutton, Cranswick, Yorkshire, England.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Google MapOrangeville, Ontario
Google MapStonefall Cemetery
Sec 20E Grave 7098

Miles Martinet

(RAF Photos)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Miles Martinet TT Mk. I, RAF (Serial No, HN862), ca 1943."

TThe Miles M.25 Martinet was a target tug aircraft of the Royal Air Force (RAF) and Fleet Air Arm (FAA) that was in service during the Second World War. It was the first British aircraft to be designed specifically for target towing.

Work on the Martinet was started in response to the RAF's shortage of obsolete frontline aircraft for target towing duties. It was intentionally designed with as much commonality as was feasible to existing production aircraft, being a derivative of Mile's prolific Master trainer. The first prototype Martinet conducted its maiden flight on 24 April 1942, with quantity production commencing immediately thereafter. A total of 1,724 Martinets were produced, of which the majority were operated either by the RAF or FAA, although a minority were also used by overseas and civilian operators.

The Martinet was also developed into a relatively secretive aircraft in response to Specification Q.10/43, which called for a radio-controlled target drone. This aircraft, designated M.50 Queen Martinet, was only produced in small numbers, and its existence was a state secret for numerous years, being only officially acknowledged during 1946. Several other derivatives of the base aircraft were also produced, including a dedicated glider tug and a trainer variant. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Martinet Trainer

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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