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Colville, William Freeborne (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1942-May-06

Birth Date: 1917-April-29 (age 25)

Born: Bowmanville, Ontario

Alexander & Annie Josephine Colville

Home: Bowmanville, Ontario (parents)

Enlistment: Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1940-10-23

11 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
RCAF Stn. Torbay, NL
Flight Sergeant
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 Torbay on a ferry trip to Dartmouth NS

On lift off one or both engine sputtered then the engines surge and the Hudson rises to 100 feet whereupon a left bank, develops and deepens, the plane sinks, drags the port wing tip, and cartwheels into a fiercely burning inverted pile of wreckage.

Crew Killed: F/Lt Joseph Hyacinthe Ulysses LeBlanc RCAF C907 KIFA Flight Sergeant William Freeborne Colville RCAF R/78383 KIFA Sergeant Harold Fulford Taylor RCAF R/71922 KIFA

Passengers Killed: F/Lt Rudolf Irwin Ehrlichman RCAF C/2637 KIFA Sergeant Montezuma Hold Brothers RCAF R/51548 KIFA Cpl. Charles Frederick Else RCAF 18103A KIFA LAC Norman Clifford Fleischman RCAF R/84289 KIFA LAC Smith Edward Crymes RCAF R/70569 KIFA.

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)

Google MapBowmanville, Ontario (parents)
Google MapCWG Cemetery
grave Plot 3 Row 3 Grave 15

Hudson 761

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.

YouTube Hudson

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hudson

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hudon - Kestrel Publications

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 I 761

Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7346. Operated by No. 11 (BR) Squadron, from 15 September 1939. To Eastern Air Command with this unit on 1 April 1940. Flew this squadron's first war time mission, naval cooperation and height finding with HMS Repulse and Furious, 10 November 1939. Aircraft had been on detachment to Torbay, Newfoundland, and was returning to Dartmouth for scheduled maintenance when it crashed at 17:42 on 6 May 1942. Developed engine trouble on lift off, struck the ground wing low and cart wheeled. Caught fire immediately. 8 fatalities, including pilot Flight Lieutenant H.J. Leblanc and people returning to Dartmouth on leave. First fatal crash at RCAF Station Torbay, and the largest.

1939-09-15 Taken on Strength RCAF Station 2019-08-20
1942-May-06 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Rcaf Stnorth Torday Newfoundland Names: Brothers | Colville | Crymes | Ehrlichman | Else | Fleischman | Leblanc | Taylor
1943-04-16 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

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