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Bodkin, Alvin Graham (Pilot Officer)

Died 1944-October-07

Birth Date: 1909-June-26 (age 35)

Son of Frank G. Bodkin and Henrietta Bodkin; husband of Hilda Bodkin, of Toronto, Ontario.

Husband of Hilda Bodkin, of Toronto, Ontario.

Home: Toronto, Ontario

5 OTU- Operational Training Unit
Abbotsford, British Columbia
Pilot Officer
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
5 Operational Training Unit - Detachment, Abbotsford, British Columbia. Mentioned in 5 Operational Training Unit - Detachment Daily Diary that he had died on 6 October 1944. No cause of death mentioned. From Michael DesMazes: (Saturday Oct 7th) a Canadian crew from course seven where on a cross country exercise in Liberator EW128 “A”, when the aircraft suffered an oxygen equipment failure and the crews Navigator collapsed. The aircraft made an emergency landing at Port Hardy where their navigator was pronounced dead from an apparent heart attack. His body was interned at his home in Napinka Cemetery, Manitoba.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1944-10-07

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

5 OTU- Operational Training Unit (5 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. 5 Operational Training Unit was established at RCAF Station Boundary Bay, British Columbia. The former station is now the Boundary Bay Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at Boundary Bay can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info

  • A Detachment of 5 Operational Training Unit was established at RCAF Station Abbotsford, British Columbia. The former Station is now the Abbotsford International Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at Abbotsford can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info

  • 1944-04-01 Primary Location Boundary Bay Canada
    1944-04-01 Detachment Abbotsford Canada

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