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Balser, John Horton CD (Captain)

Killed in Flying Accident 1970-11-20

Male Head

Birth Date: 1936-04-05 (age 34)

Born: Digby, Nova Scotia

Son of George Hartley and Saddie Alice.

Husband of Frieda Bailey. Father of Michael H., Deena K. and Eric. Brother of Robert, Kay, Peter, Roger and Gordon.

Home: Digby, Nova Scotia

Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Enlistment Date: 1970-02-20

Decorations: CD

Canadian Forces Decoration
202 Sqn- Squadron (Exchnage) (RAF)
Semper Vigilate (Be always vigiliant)
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
Book of Remembrance has him mistakenly listed as Army.Aircraft crashed due to turbulence. Three RAF personnel killed.

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Sikorsky H-19 H-19A HO4S Horse HO4S-1 HO4S-3

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4951096)
(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
RCN Sikorsky HO4S-3 helicopter, RCN (Serial No. 55320), HS 50 Anti-Submarine Squadron off the coast of Florida, 5 April 1957.

The Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw (company model number S-55) was a multi-purpose helicopter used by the United States Army and United States Air Force. It was also license-built by Westland Aircraft as the Westland Whirlwind in the United Kingdom. United States Navy and United States Coast Guard models were designated HO4S, while those of the U.S. Marine Corps were designated HRS. In 1962, the U.S. Navy, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Marine Corps versions were all redesignated as H-19s like their U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force counterparts.

The H-19 and HO4S-3 were multi-purpose utility helicopters flown by the RCAF and RCN. The HO4S-2 was an air-sea rescue version powered by a R-1340 P&W engine, derated to 550 hp (410 kW). Three were built for the RCN, and two surviving helicopters were subsequently converted to HO4S-3 standard, powered by a 700 hp (522 kW) Wright R-1300-3 engine. Harold Skaarup web page and Wikipedia

YouTube Chickasaw and Sea Horse Helicopters

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Chickasaw and Sea Horse Helicopters

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

General Helis Web Page

Kestrek Publications RCAF H-19 Serials - Kestrel Publications

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last update: 2022-01-01 13:35:19

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