Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum logo

Click on CASPIR logo to go to the entire CASPIR system.

Use the panel to:

  • select Optional Sections
  • Remove Page Breaks, that is, return to the non-print formatted document.
  • Click on the ⇩ to go directly to that section.

Carvalho, Paul David (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1940-11-07

Age: 22

Leslie R. N. Carvalho & Sophie Carvalho

Jayne L. Carvalho (Toledo)

Home: Toledo, Ohio, USA (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
2 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Base
Fort William, Ontario, Canada
Rank
Leading Aircraftman
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
R/53956

Tiger Moth aircraft 4021 and 4008 were in a mid-air collision. LAC. Carvalho was killed when 4008 crashed twelve miles south-west of the aerodrome at Fort William. LAC. G.M. Fitzgerald of Toronto, Ontario was in 4021 surviving the collision and landing in a nearby field.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1940-11-07

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)

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Moth, Tiger I 4008
  2. Moth, Tiger I 4021

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

Leading Aircraftman Paul David Carvalho was cremated.

There were no casulaties listed on Moth, Tiger I 4021

de Havilland DH 82 Tiger Moth

Source: Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (serial # RCAF 8922), credit Rick Radell

The de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth is a 1930s British biplane designed by Geoffrey de Havilland and built by the de Havilland Aircraft Company. It was operated by the Royal Air Force (RAF) and many other operators as a primary trainer aircraft. In addition to the type's principal use for ab-initio training, the Second World War saw RAF Tiger Moths operating in other capacities, including maritime surveillance and defensive anti-invasion preparations; some aircraft were even outfitted to function as armed light bombers.

The Tiger Moth remained in service with the RAF until it was succeeded and replaced by the de Havilland Chipmunk during the early 1950s. Many of the military surplus aircraft subsequently entered into civil operation. Many nations have used the Tiger Moth in both military and civil applications, and it remains in widespread use as a recreational aircraft in several countries. It is still occasionally used as a primary training aircraft, particularly for those pilots wanting to gain experience before moving on to other tailwheel aircraft.

Overseas manufacturing of the type commenced in 1937, the first such overseas builder being de Havilland Canada at its facility in Downsview, Ontario. In addition to an initial batch of 25 Tiger Moths that were built for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Canadian firm began building fuselages which were exported to the UK for completion. Canadian-built Tiger Moths featured modifications to better suit the local climate, along with a reinforced tail wheel, hand-operated brakes (built by Bendix Corporation), shorter undercarriage radius rods and the legs of the main landing gear legs being raked forwards as a safeguard against tipping forwards during braking. In addition the cockpit had a large sliding canopy fitted along with exhaust-based heating; various alternative undercarriage arrangements were also offered. By the end of Canadian production, de Havilland Canada had manufactured a total of 1,548 of all versions. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia de Havilland Tiger Moth

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube de Havilland DH.82A Tiger Moth

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1414), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (107)
last update: 2022-08-24 12:34:41

Moth, Tiger I 4008

Category A damage on 7 November 1940 while with No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School at Fort William, Ontario. Collided with Tiger Moth 4021 of same School, 12 miles south-west of Fort William, Pilot of this aircraft survived.
1940-04-13 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1940-November-07 Accident: 2 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Fort William Ontario Names: Carvalho
1942-02-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20


Moth, Tiger I 4021

Category B damage on 7 November 1940 while with No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School at Fort William, Ontario. Collided with Tiger Moth 4008 of same School, 12 miles south-west of Fort William, Pilot of this aircraft died.
1940-04-30 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1940-November-07 Accident: 2 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Fort William Ontario Names: Fitzgerald
1943-February-04 Accident: 35 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Haynes
1943-February-04 Accident: 35 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Haynes
1943-08-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20


2 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (2 Elementary Flying Training School)

NO2 EFTS August 1941
The School was established at Fort William, Ontario. The former school is now the Thunder Bay, Ontario Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at Fort William can be found at

RCAF Roundel RCAF.info - RCAF Station Fort William ON

General NW Ontario Heritage Center - 2 EFTS

1940-06-24 Primary Location Fort William ON Canada Now site of Thunder Bay Airport CYQT

© Canadian Warplane Heritage 2024

To search on any page:
PC — Ctrl-F
Mac — ⌘-F
Mobile — or …