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Carscadden, Cyril Hudson DSO (Squadron Leader)

Killed in Flying Accident 1945-February-04

Birth Date: 1917-November-17 (age 27)

James Milton & Adelia A. Carscadden

Margaret Carscadden, Vancouver.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia (patents)

Decorations: DSO

Distinguished Service Order
5 OTU- Operational Training Unit
RCAF Abbotsford, BC
Squadron Leader
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

Took off from 5 OTU at Abbotsford BC on a night training flight.

Liberator B-24J Mk VI EW- crashed into a mountain side three miles north-west of Whonnock, British Columbia. All 7 occupants of the aircraft were killed,

Killed: S/L Cyril Hudson Carscadden RCAF J/2968 KIA Mountain View Cemetery Vancouver Abray. Block 3. Plot 19. Lot 14. F/Lt Walter George Deveson RCAF J/12574 KIA Royal Oak Burial Park Sec. D. Plot 22. Grave 17. F/Lt Roy Edward Maynard RCAF J/23453 KIA Royal Oak Burial Park Sec. D. Plot 22. Grave 10. Sgt Harold John Niemi RCAF R/117196 KIA Rouyn-Noranda Cimitiere Notre Dame Grave E.5832. F/O Walter Schneeberger RCAF J/28601 KIA Brookside Cemetery Winnipeg Sec. C. Lot 114. P/O Joseph Jean Leon Therien RCAF J/47056 KIA Notre Dame Des Neige Montreal Sec. B. Lot 1765. P/O Herbert Stanley Weiss RCAF J/47055 KIA Shaare Zion Congregation Montreal Grave 315.

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)

Crew on Liberator B. Mk. VI EW134

Consolidated Liberator B-24 / F-7

(DND Photos via James Craik) (Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Consolidated Liberator G.R. Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130) ex-USAAF Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator USAAF (44-50154)
ex-RAF (Serial No. 5009), ex-Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE773).
Currently preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Ottawa Ontario.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber flown by the RCAF during the Second Word War. It was designed with a shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling compared with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Of the roughly 18,500 B-24s built in the USA during the war, 148 were flown by the RCAF on long range anti-submarine patrols, with the B-24 serving an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. The RCAF also flew a few B-24s post war as transports.

Roughly half of all (RAF) Liberator crews in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre were Canadian by the end of the war. John Muir of Vancouver flew the longest mission of the war: 24hrs, 10mins from Ceylon to Burma and back. (Kyle Hood) Harold Skaarup web page

YouTube Liberator bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Liberator bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (148), RCAF 400 Squadron (19), Canadian Aircraft Losses (145), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-09-18 19:06:22

Liberator B. Mk. VI EW134

Ex USAAF B-24J-20-CF, serial number 42-99820. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "G". Category A crash on Thorn Hill, near Whonnock, BC (12 miles north-west of Abbotsford, on the Fraser River) on 4 February 1945. 7 fatalities. To No. 3 Repair Depot on 8 February 1945 for write off.
1944-04-13 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1945-February-04 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Whennock British Columbia Names: Beveson | Carscadden | Maynard | Niemi | Schneeberger | Therien | Weiss
1945-03-14 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

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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