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Cavers, Robert Franklin (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1943-March-23

Birth Date: 1916-April-23 (age 26)

Born: Ramsay, Lanark County, Ontario, Canada

Thomas Edgar & Bessie May (nee McNabb) Cavers

Home: Almonte, Ontario (parents)

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1941-03-14

113 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
Yarmouth, Nova Scotia
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
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
Air Gunner (Dorsal)
Service Numbers

Hudson Mk. III BW620

Reconnaissance 1943-March-23 to 1943-March-23

113 (BR) Sqn (RCAF) RCAF Station Yarmouth

113 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Hudson aircraft BW 620 was taking off for an operational patrol when it crashed, caught fire and exploded at the aerodrome at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Aircrew, WO2 ME Tarrant (RCAF), Flying Officer CL Tripp (RCAF),Warrant Officer RF Cavers (RCAF), FS AJ Baillie (RCAF) and two of the five ground crew that tried to rescue the aircrew, LAC LE Briggs (RCAF) and AC F Hallek (RCAF) were all killed in action when the depth charges aboard the aircraft exploded

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Hudson BW-620 was taking off for an operational patrol when it crashed, caught fire and exploded at the aerodrome at Yarmouth, NS.

Killer: Aircraft crew Flight Sergeant Alexander John Baillie RCAF KIA Warrant Officer Class 2 Robert Franklin Cavers RCAF KIA Warrant Officer Class 2 Mervin Elwood Tarrant RCAF KIA Flying Officer Charles Leroy Tripp RCAF KIA. Ground crew killed in attempted rescue- LAC Lloyd Edward Briggs RCAF KIA AC1 Frank Hallek RCAF KIA.

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Lot 20

Hudson BW620

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.

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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. III BW620

Noted on 12 Feb 1942 as one of 55 Hudsons released off a British Lend Lease contract. Taken on strength by EAC, for use by No. 113 (BR) Sqn at Yarmouth, NS. Flew this Sqn's first operation, special search from Yarmouth on 25 Mar 1942. Cat “A” crash at Yarmouth on 23 Apr 1943. Flying Officer C.L. Tripp (pilot), Flight Sergeant A.J. Baillie (Nav), Flight Sergeant M.E. Tarrnat (WAG) and Flight Sergeant R.F. Cavers (WAG) were all killed. The a/c was taking off on an ASW escort mission when it crashed from 100 ft and burst into flames. Sadly two more emergency response personnel, LAC L.E. Briggs and AC1 F. Haliek, were also killed and three others injured when the depth charges on board the a/c subsequently exploded as they tried to put out the flames and rescue the crew. To No. 4 Repair depot for write off on 25 Mar 1943.
1942-02-05 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-March-23 Accident: 113 Squadron Loc: Aerodrome Rcaf Stnorth Yarmouth Names: Baillie | Briggs | Cavers | Hallek | MacDonald | Russel | Ryan | Tarrant | Tripp
1943-08-10 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

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