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Cotter, John James (Flying Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1940-June-10

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Birth Date: 1914-May-22 (age 26)

Born: Halifax, Nova Scotia

Home: Halifax, Nova Scotia

1 (Comm) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
In Omnibus Princeps Foremost in everything
RCAF Stn Rockcliffe, Onario (Ottawa)
Flying Officer
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

RCAF Headquarters Communication Flight.

Took off from Rockcliffe tasked to fly the Canadian Defense Minister Norman McLeod Rogers, from Ottawa to Toronto.

As time passed the weather deteriorated with a low cloud ceiling and heavy rain. The pilot was flying below the cloud looking for a safe landing ground when the aircraft struck a tree near Newtonville, Ontario at 12:15, and crashed, killing all on board.

Killed: AC1 Oscar David Brownfield, RCAF, R/51048, KIFA, Big River Cemetery, Big River Saskatchewan. Flying Officer John James Cotter RCAF C/1588 KIFA Holy Cross RC Cemetery, Halifax NS.. AC1 James Edward Nesbitt RCAF R/51105 KIFA Woodlawn Cemetery, Saskatoon Saskatchewan. Norman McLeod Rogers, born Amherst NS, 1894-07-25, professor at Queens University Kingston and later federal MP for Kingston and the Islands, KIFA, burial place not listed.

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 MapHalifax, Nova Scotia
Google MapHoly Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery
Sec Plot D Grave 92

Hudson 770

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 770

Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7360. Assigned to RCAF Stn Ottawa on 20 May 1940. To No. 1 Training Command on 16 Jun 1940, still at Rockcliffe. In use with Air Force Headquarters Communications Flight (recently formed from No. 7 (GP) Sqn), RCAF Stn Rockcliffe, ON as a VIP transport when it crashed 1 mile east of Newtonville, ON at 12:15 on 10 Jun 1940, carrying Minister of Defence Norman MacLeod Rogers. Struck trees in a steep bank at high speed. No survivors. Was en route Rockcliffe to Toronto for the Minister to give a speech. May not have had RCAF serial marked by time of crash. Subsequent investigation faulted crew for pressing on into deteriorating weather, and faulted design of Hudson that made it impossible to maintain altitude in steep turns. Had just 48:55 airframe hours when it crashed.
1940-01-31 Taken on Strength No. 1 (E) Depot 2019-08-20
1940-11-04 Struck off Strength Category A Write off 2022-01-15

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