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Biggs, Kenneth Guy (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-March-17

Male Head

Birth Date: 1924 (age )

Son of Francis Guy Biggs and Lilian Blanche Biggs, of Twickenham, Middlesex, England.

36 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF)
Penhold, Alberta, 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
LAC Biggs, K. engaged in solo day practice of steep turns and precautionary landings in Oxford II aircraft No. AS272 was killed when the aircraft dived into the ground three miles west of Penhold. The cause of the accident is obscure. The aircraft was totally wrecked and destroyed by fire.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1944-03-17

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Google Map Red Deer Cemetery, Canada
Lot 2 Block F

Airspeed Oxford

(Bob Brown Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Airspeed A.S. 10 Oxford Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. AS277), 25, in flight over Saskatchewan, 1942.

The Airspeed AS.10 Oxford was a twin-engine monoplane aircraft developed and manufactured by Airspeed. It saw widespread use for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery roles throughout the Second World War.

The Oxford was developed by Airspeed during the 1930s in response to a requirement for a capable trainer aircraft that conformed with Specification T.23/36, which had been issued by the British Air Ministry. Its basic design is derived from the company's earlier AS.6 Envoy, a commercial passenger aircraft. Performing its maiden flight on 19 June 1937, it was quickly put into production as part of a rapid expansion of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in anticipation of a large-scale conflict.

As a consequence of the outbreak of war, many thousands of Oxfords were ordered by Britain and its allies, including Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States. Following the end of the conflict, the Oxford continued to achieve export sales for some time, equipping the newly formed air forces of Egypt, India, Israel, and Yugoslavia. It was considered to be a capable trainer aircraft throughout the conflict, as well as being used a general-purpose type. A large number of Oxfords have been preserved on static display. Wikipedia

YouTube Oxford Trainer

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Oxford Trainer

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (821), Canadian Aircraft Losses (168)
last update: 2021-09-27 15:31:03

Oxford Mk. II AS272

Taken on strength at No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School at Fort William, Ontario. To No. 2 Training Command on 8 September 1941, for use by No. 35 Service Flying Training School at North Battleford, Saskatchewan. To No. 4 Training Command with this School on 10 November 1941. Initial allocation was pending allotment to No. 36 Service Flying Training School at Penhold, Alberta. To Aircraft Repair in Edmonton, Alberta for overhaul, 10 August to 13 October 1943. Back to No. 4 Training Command when completed. With No. 36 Service Flying Training School when it crashed on 17 March 1944. To No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary on 24 Match 1944 for inspection and repair or write off. Application to write off from No. 10 Repair Depot dated 15 April 1944.
1941-08-20 Taken on Strength No. 2 Training Command 2019-08-20
1944-04-18 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

36 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF) (36 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

Airspeed Oxford Crash SFTS36

For Information on RCAF Station Penhold see here

  • RAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Penhold AB

  • RAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Innisfail AB

  • RAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Blackfalds AB

  • General Harvard Historical Aviation Society

  • General Midland Aircraft Recovery Group - Men Of 36 SFTS

  • Museum Bomber Command Museum Of Canada - 36 SFTS

  • Museum Vintage Wings Of Canada - SFTS Penhold

  • 1941-08-20 Primary Location Penhold AB Canada Current site of Red Deer Regional Airport CYQF
    1941-08-20 Relief Field Innisfail AB Canada Current site of Innisfail Airport CEM4
    1941-08-21 Relief Field Blackfalds AB Canada Abandoned returned to agriculture

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