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Bryant, James Roy (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-February-21

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Birth Date: 1922-January-22 (age 22)

Son of Frank John Bryant, and of Hattie Mary Bryant, of Belleville, Ontario.

Home: Belleville, Ontario

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
Flight Sergeant
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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. Hudson aircraft AM 729 failed to return from a training flight. Sergeants C.P. Fitzner, G.A. Jonas (RAF ) and D. Robinson (RAF) were also killed.

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)

Flight Sergeant James Roy Bryant has no known grave.

Google MapBelleville, Ontario

Google MapOttawa War Memorial
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Hudson AM729

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 AM729

First assigned to No. 31 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Debert, NS. Category B crash at 17:45 on 24 January 1942, at Debert aerodrome. Another Category B crash at Debert aerodrome at 16:53 on 1 August 1942. Ran off the runway on landing, starboard undercarriage collapsed. To Clark Ruse Aircraft for repairs, 11 August to 26 November 1942. Back to Eastern Air Command when completed. Reported missing from an operational flight from No. 31 OTU on 3 March 1944, flight was actually on 21 February 1944. 2 RAF crew never found. Ownership to No. 4 Repair Depot on same day.
1941-06-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-January-24 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Debert Nova Scotia Names: Henwell | Porter
1942-August-01 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Stevens | Wilson
1944-February-21 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Unknown Names: Bryant | Fitzner | Jonas | Robinson
1944-04-19 Struck off Strength Cat “A” write-off 2022-01-15

31 OTU (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 - Debert, Nova Scotia

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

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

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