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Cochran, Robert Hearne (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-01-14

Birth Date: 1916-04-16 (age 26)

Born: Pudacah, Kentucky

George A. Cochran & Martha Wilson Cochran

Dorothy Helen Reeves Cochran

Home: Buffalo, New York, USA

Enlistment: Windsor, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1941-04-21

1 GRS- General Reconnaissance School
RCAF Stn. Summerside PEI.
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

Anson 6739 was on a navigational exercise. While en-route, the left hand engine failed and the pilot could not maintain altitude. He ditched the aircraft in the Gulf of St. Lawrence near the Magdalen Islands. The aircraft sank in approximately 20 minutes, but the four crew made it safely into a dinghy. They were later sighted by a search aircraft and the two RCAF and two RAAF crew members were rescued by a boat that was directed to them.

Crew: Sgt R H Cochran RCAF R/98168 pilot WO2 J A McKay, RCAF R/50463 WAG Sgt C J Turner RAAF trainee Sgt W P Watts trainee.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1943-01-14

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)

Sergeant Robert Hearne Cochran has no known grave.

Crew on Anson Mk. I 6739

Avro Anson

Avro Anson Mk. V
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Museum's Anson Mk. V was built by MacDonald Brothers in Winnipeg in 1944. It flew with No. 7 Photographic Wing and No. 414 Squadron in Ottawa on photo survey work until the late 1940s. In 1956, it was purchased by INCO and used for mineral surveying until 1980, when it was donated to the Museum. The exterior is painted in the yellow colour common to all BCATP trainers and is in its same wartime RCAF markings.

The Avro Anson was known by a number of nicknames including "Faithful Annie" or "Flying Greenhouse". It was the first aircraft to be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force to have a retractable undercarriage, which was a comparative novelty in 1936. In 1940, a Canadian government owned company, Federal Aircraft Limited, was created in Montreal to manufacture the Anson for Canadian use. Nearly 3,000 Anson aircraft were produced and, in the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), the Anson was the standard trainer for many pilots, observers (navigators), wireless operators and bomb aimers. More than 20,000 aircrew received training on the Anson. In Canadian service, the aircraft was substantially re-designed with the substitution of North American engines and many other airframe and equipment changes. Harold Skaarup web pages

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube Avro Anson History

YouTube Avro Anson Construction

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (4404), RCAF 400 Squadron (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (257)
last update: 2022-02-22 21:45:24

Anson Mk. I 6739

Ex RAF W2528. To No. 1 Training Command on 6 August 1941, for use by No. 16 Service Flying Training School at Hagersville, Ontario. Category B crash at 15:30 on 11 May 1942, at St. Williams, Ontario (about 40 miles west-south-west of Dunnville, on the Lake Erie shore near Long Point). Struck trees while attempting a forced landing. To de Havilland for crash repairs, 14 May to 27 July 1942. To No. 1 Training Command when completed. Category A crash on (or before?) 23 August 1943. To No. 6 Repair Depot for write off.
1941-07-12 Taken on Strength de Havilland Canada 2019-08-20
1942-May-11 Accident: 16 Service Flying Training School Loc: St Williams Ontario Names: Griffin
1943-January-14 Accident: 1 Air Observer School Loc: Names: Barnett | Bricker | Cochran | Miller
1943-11-19 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

1 GRS- General Reconnaissance School (1 General Reconnaisance School)

The General Reconnaissance School trained pilots and air observers in the techniques required for ocean patrol. It was the equivalent to an Operational Training Unit (OTU), and last stop before aircrew were assigned to operations. The topics included DR Navigation, Astro Navigation, Compasses and Instruments, Meteorology, Signals, Reconnaissance, Coding, Ship Recognition, Aerial Photography, and Visual Signals.
  • RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station Summerside PEI

  • General from%20RCAF%20Station%20Summerside%2C%20PEI., Wikipedia Page

  • 1941-01-01 Primary Location Summerside PEI Canada Located at Summerside Airport Airport Ident CYSU

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