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Bennett, Donald Malcolm (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-January-27

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Birth Date: 1924 (age 19)

Son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Bennett, of St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England.

Service
RAFVR
Unit
31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Rank
Pilot Officer
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Service Numbers
132403

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Find-A-Grave.com

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

Burial
Google Map Terrace Hill Cemetery, Canada
Plot 380 Grave 2

Crew on Hudson Mk. V AM890

Lockheed Hudson A-28 A-29 AT-18

Lockheed Hudson
Source National Air Force Museum of Canada.

The Lockheed Hudson was an American-built light bomber and coastal reconnaissance aircraft built initially for the Royal Air Force (RAF) shortly before the outbreak of the Second World War and primarily operated by the RAF thereafter. The Hudson served throughout the war, mainly with Coastal Command, but also in transport and training roles, as well as delivering agents into occupied France. They were also used extensively with the Royal Canadian Air Force's (RCAF) anti-submarine squadrons. National Air Force Museum of Canada.

YouTube Hudson

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hudson

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (247), RCAF 400 Squadron (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. V AM890

Taken on strength at No. 31 OTU at Debert, NS. Cat “C” damage at Debert aerodrome at 18:55 hrs on 29 Oct 1941. Cat “B” crash during a forced landing at Bass River, NS (14 miles west of Debert aerodrome) at 12:30 hrs on 15 Dec 1941, following failure of starboard engine. To No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB for crash repairs, 31 Dec 1941 to 29 Jun 1942. To EAC when completed. Cat “A” crash at Debert aerodrome at 16:05 hrs on 27 Jan 1943. The a/c spun in while on short final; all 4 crew, Pilot Officer (RAF) D.M. Bennett (Nav), Pilot Officer (RAF) E.J.H. Nash (Pilot), Flight Sergeant H.R. Leadley (WAG) and Flight Sergeant E. Mark (WAG), were killed. Airframe ownership to No. 4 Repair Depot on 28 Jan 1943 for write off.
1941-10-21 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1941-October-29 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Debert Nova Scotia Names: Hodgson | Kowvers
1941-December-15 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Bass River Nova Scotia Names: Fitzgibbon | Friel | Russell | Whitty
1943-January-27 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bennett | Leadley | Mark | Nash
1943-04-16 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20


31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF) (31 Operational Training Unit)

The Operational Training Unit (OTU) was the last stop for aircrew trainees. They spent 8 to 14 weeks learning to fly operational aircraft (Hawker Hurricane or Fairey Swordfish, e.g.). The instructors had experience in actual operations, and often were posted to OTUs after their operational tour. More information on the RCAF Station at Debert, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel RCAF.info - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

  • 1941-06-03 Primary Location Debert NS Canada Currently site of Delbert Airport Ident CCQ3

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