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Cochshott, Frederick Lewis (Aircraftman 2nd Class)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-May-03

Male Head

Birth Date: 1922 (age 22)

Frederick Charles & Susan Jenny Cochshott, of Liverpool, England.

31 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF)
Kingston, Ontario
Aircraftman 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
Service Numbers

Took off from Kingston as passenger on an air test.

Aircraft spun into the St Lawrence River during the test.

Killed: AC2 Frederick Lewis Cochshott RAF pilot trainee KIFA Cataraqu Cemetery Kingston Sec. G. Range 7. Grave 18. F/Sgt Richard Gordon Elliot RAF (Can.) pilot-instructor KIFA Sioux Lookout Cemetery Plot 173-D.

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Sec G Range 7 Grave 18

Crew on Harvard Mk. II AJ538

North American Harvard NA-26 NA-44

North American Harvard Mk. IV
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The North American Harvard appeared in 1937, in response to a US Air Corps proposal for an advanced trainer. The first of 50 Harvard Mk. Is ordered by the Canadian Government were delivered to RCAF Sea Island, BC in July 1939. By early 1940, the Mk. II was being assembled in California with an all metal fuselage replacing the original tube and fabric structure. 1200 Mk. IIs were supplied from US sources, until Canadian built Harvards started being produced in 1941.

In August 1938, Noorduyn Aviation of Montreal farsightedly signed an agreement with North American, to build the Harvard under licence. When the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) came into being in December 1939, Noorduyn received its first orders and went on to produce nearly 2800 Harvard Mk. IIBs for the RCAF and the RAF, between 1940 and 1945. In Canada, Harvard Mk. IIBs were used as advanced trainers with the BCATP at fifteen Service Flying Training Schools across the nation. They helped pilots make to the transition from low powered primary trainers, like Fleet Finch or the de Havilland Tiger Moth, to high performance front line fighters such as the Spitfire.

At the end of WW II, although the RCAF retained the Harvard as a trainer, a large number of them were sold off to civilian operators. The RCAF soon regretted this, for by 1949 the Cold War with the Soviet Union was in full swing and the RCAF urgently needed trainers again. 100 T-6J Texans were leased temporarily from the USAF and a further 270 Harvards, the Mk. IV version, were ordered from Canadian Car & Foundry, Thunder Bay. The RCAF used the Harvard Mk. IV for a further fifteen years, before finally retiring it in 1966.

A total of 20,110 Harvards were built between 1938 and 1954, 3,370 of them in Canada. Countless numbers of privately owned Harvards are still flying today.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Harvard Mk. IV was built by Canadian Car & Foundry, Thunder Bay, Ontario in late 1951. The aircraft saw service at four RCAF flying schools across the nation until it was sold to a civilian owner in 1965. It was the third aircraft to join the Museum after Dennis Bradley, Alan Ness and John Weir donated it in 1973. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (2196), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (374), RCN On Strength (3)
last update: 2021-10-19 20:12:13

Harvard Mk. II AJ538

Equipped with Dunlop pneumatic firing gear. With No. 31 Service Flying Training School at Kingston, Ontario. Category C crashes at Kingston aerodrome at 15:15 on 20 August 1941, and again at 17:10 on 17 May 1942. Landed gear up at night at Gananoque on 3 July 1942. Went missing on 3 May 1944, spun into St. Lawerance River, one mile north of Quebec Head, during an air test following an eninge change. F/S R.G. Gordon, RAF and A2 L.N. Cockshott, RAF killed. Wreckage never located. Ownership passed to No. 6 Repair Depot on 9 May 1944 for write off, after search was abandoned.
1941-07-14 Taken on Strength No. 1 Training Command 2019-08-20
1941-August-20 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Evans
1941-December-19 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Gray
1942-May-17 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Thackara
1942-July-03 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Gananoque R1 Names: Inkster
1942-July-21 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Gananoque R1 Aerodrome Names: Widdowson
1942-October-08 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Gananoque Names: Ryman
1942-December-11 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Baker
1943-April-29 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Firkins | Pettigrew
1943-June-17 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: McColgan
1944-May-03 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Quebec Head St Lawrence River Names: Cockshott | Elliot
1944-07-21 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

31 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF) (31 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

SFTS31 Kingston ON

For More information on RCAF Station Kingston see here

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Kingston ON

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Ganaoque ON

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Sandhurst ON

  • 1940-10-07 Primary Location Kingston ON Canada Currently site of Kingston Norman Rogers Airport CYGK
    1940-10-07 Relief Field Ganaoque On Canada Currently site Gananoque Private Airport
    1940-10-08 Relief Field Sandhurst ON Location approximate. Currently site of Lennox Power Generation station.

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