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Bonner, Frederick Raymond (Leading Airman (Acting))

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-February-10

Male Head

Birth Date: 1922 (age 22)

Service
RN FAA
Unit
13 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Base
St Eugene, Ontario, Canada
Rank
Leading Airman (Acting)
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
FX582424

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

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Cornell Cornell III 15297
  2. Cornell Cornell III 14529

All the aircraft in the above list are in this report.

There were no casulaties listed on Cornell Cornell III 14529

Fairchild Cornell

Fairchild Cornell Mk. II
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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



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

Cornell Cornell III 15297

With No. 13 Elementary Flying Training School at St. Eugene, Ontario when it crashed at 16:55 on 10 February 1944, after colliding with Cornel 15529. Student in this aircraft, A/LA F.R. Bonner, FAA killed. This aircraft was approaching to land when it collied with 15297. Both aircraft crashed near the aerodrome.

Canada Primary Source RCAF - Accident Investigation File


1943-10-15 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-February-10 Accident: 13 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Beaumier | Bonner
1944-05-26 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07


Cornell Cornell III 14529

With No. 13 Elementary Flying Training School at St. Eugene, Ontario when it crashed at 16:55 on 10 February 1944, after colliding with Cornel 15297. Instructor in this aircraft, Sgt. J.J. Beaumier, RCAF seriously injured. This aircraft was approaching to land after a test flight when it collied with 15297. Both aircraft crashed near the aerodrome.
1943-08-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1944-February-10 Accident: 13 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Beaumier | Bonner
1944-05-26 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

13 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (13 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.

St Eugene EFTS13

More information on RCAF Station St Eugene can be found here

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.info - RCAF Station St Eugene Ontario

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.info - Relief Landing Field Hawkesbury Ontario

  • Notable students from 13 ETFS Wing Commander Fred Jones

  • Museum Vintage Wings - Wing Commander Fred Jones and his connection to the Poem High Flight

  • 1940-10-28 Primary Location St Eugene ON Canada Airport abandoned still visible on satellite imagery
    1940-10-28 Relief Field Hawkesbury ON Canada Relief Field turf runways now site of Hawkesbury Airport Private

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