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Beingessner, Elmer Stephen (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-June-17

Birth Date: 1923-May-04 (age 21)

Born: Vulcan, Alberta

Son of Frank Xavier and Mary Hazel Beingessner, of Brant, Alberta.

Home: Brant, Alberta

Enlistment: Calgary, Alberta

Enlistment Date: 1942-06-25

6 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
Leading Aircraftman
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
6 Elementary Flying Training School, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Cornell aircraft crashed.

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Plot 14 Range R

Crew on Cornell I EW394

Fairchild Cornell

Fairchild Cornell Mk. II
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

In early 1942, an agreement was signed between the Canadian Government and Fairchild Aircraft, which licenced Fleet Aircraft of Fort Erie, Ontario to construct the PT-26 Cornell in Canada. The first 800 Cornells used by the RCAF were supplied from Fairchild, until production commenced at Fort Erie in November 1942. By the end of the war in 1945, 2,853 Cornells had been built by Fleet - 1,565 for the RCAF and 1,288 for the RAF.

PT-26 Cornells were flown at many of the Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS) of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, where they replaced the Fleet Finch and the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane trainers. After the Second World War, many Cornells were sold to the civilian market, but some were retained by the RCAF, where they were finally retired in 1948. CWPHM

YouTube Cornell Trainer

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Cornell Trainer

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1590), Canadian Aircraft Losses (54)
last update: 2021-08-30 13:45:56

Cornell I EW394

Ex USAAF PT-26-FA, serial number 44-19341, to RCAF for use in BCATP in Canada
1944-01-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-June-17 Accident: 6 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Beingessner | Burr
1944-07-29 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

6 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (6 Elementary Flying Training School)

An Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) gave a trainee 50 hours of basic flying instruction on a simple trainer like the De Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, or Fairchild Cornell over 8 weeks.Elementary schools were operated by civilian flying clubs under contract to the RCAF and most of the instructors were civilians. For example, No. 12 EFTS Goderich was run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club and the County of Huron Flying Club.The next step for a pilot was the Service Flying Training School.
The lads of Course 98 No 6 EFTS Prince Albert 1944

Established in 1940 at the present site of Prince Albert Airport CYPA

More information on the RCAF Station at Prince Albert, SK can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Prince Albert SK

  • More information on relief field Hagen SK can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Hagen SK

  • International Bomber Command Centre ibcc - Course 98 6 EFTS Prince Albert SK

  • 1940-07-22 Primary Location Prince Albert SK Canada Current site of Prince Albert Glass Field CYPA
    1941-03-17 Relief Field Hagen SK Canada Relief field square turf no runways all direction

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