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Cosgrave, Francis William George (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-November-26

Birth Date: 1912 (age 32)

Robert Frances & Margaret Cosgrave

Home: Whitewood, Saskatchewan (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
4 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Base
RAF Alness
Rank
Flight Sergeant
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
Flight Engineer
Service Numbers
R/94795

Aircraft developed engine trouble soon after takeoff from Moray Firth and crashed and burned on the railway tracks 2 miles NE of Invergordon, Scotland, killing all on board.

Killed includes Cosgrove: Sgt Donald Charles Beattie RCAF R/257841 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Harrowgate, Yorkshire Sec. C. Row C. Grave 12. F/Lt William Fedoruk RCAF J/43270 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Coll. grave 8. Sgt Milton Lynn Hill RCAF R/197558 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 6. F/O Garth Borland Johnson RCAF J/27083 pilot KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Coll. grave 8. F/Lt John Alfred Johnson RCAF J/6940 pilot KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 2. F/O Charles Marland Kendall RCAF J/38581 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 4. WO1 Clare Kinton RCAF R/83542 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 10. WO2 Frederick John Peters RCAF R/172885 KIA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 5. WO1James Edward Porret RCAF R/50873 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Coll. grave 8. F/O John Hodgson Shand RCAF J/18733 KIFA Stonefall Cemetery Sec. G. Row C. Grave 3.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Home
Google MapWhitewood, Saskatchewan (parents)
Burial
Google MapStonefall Cemetery
Sec G Row C Grave 11

Sunderland DD851

Short Sunderland

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (DND Photo)
Short Sunderland, coded Z, 15 Apr 1943

The Short S.25 Sunderland was a British flying boat patrol bomber, developed and constructed by Short Brothers for the Royal Air Force (RAF). The aircraft took its service name from the town (latterly, city) and port of Sunderland in North East England.

Developed in parallel with the civilian S.23 Empire flying boat, the flagship of Imperial Airways, the Sunderland was developed specifically to conform to the requirements of British Air Ministry Specification R.2/33 for a long-range patrol/reconnaissance flying boat to serve with the Royal Air Force (RAF). As designed, it served as a successor to the earlier Short Sarafand flying boat. Sharing several similarities with the S.23, it featured a more advanced aerodynamic hull and was outfitted with various offensive and defensive armaments, including machine gun turrets, bombs, aerial mines, and depth charges. The Sunderland was powered by four Bristol Pegasus XVIII radial engines and was outfitted with various detection equipment to aid combat operations, including the Leigh searchlight, the ASV Mark II and ASV Mark III radar units, and an astrodome.

The Sunderland was one of the most powerful and widely used flying boats throughout the Second World War. In addition to the RAF, the type was operated by other Allied military air wings, including the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), South African Air Force (SAAF), Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF), French Navy, Norwegian Air Force, and the Portuguese Navy. During the conflict, the type was heavily involved in Allied efforts to counter the threat posed by German U-boats in the Battle of the Atlantic. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Short Sunderland

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube Short Sunderland (1940-1949)

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (45)
last update: 2021-10-15 17:36:55

Sunderland Mk. III DD851


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