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Coulter, Robert Earl (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-May-13

Birth Date: 1923-April-04 (age 21)

William & Mary Helen Cou]ter

Home: New Westminster, British Columbia (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
4 WS- Wireless School
Base
RCAF Stn. Guelph, Ontario
Rank
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
Pilot
Service Numbers
R/197855

Took off from Guelph on an instrument flying training flight for Coulter.

Aircraft was seen to go into a spin and crash vertically to the ground, with no survivors.

Killed: Flying Officer A M Miller RCAF J/36566 KIFA. No information found as to burial.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry ââ"¬â€œ 1944-05-13

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Finadagrave.com

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

Home
Google MapNew Westminster, British Columbia (parents)
Burial
Google MapForest Lawn Memorial Park
Timberland Sec Lot 301 Grave 1

Yale 3433

North American Yale

Source: CWHM

The North American NA-64 (NA-64 P-2 or NAA-64 P-2 in French service, Yale in Canadian service) is a low-wing single piston engine monoplane advanced trainer aircraft that was built for the French Air Force and French Navy, served with the Royal Canadian Air Force, and with the Luftwaffe as a captured aircraft during World War II.

Ordered as a follow-on to the NA-57 as a two-seat advanced trainer, the NA-64 P-2/NAA-64 P-2 represented a major structural improvement, with a longer all-metal fuselage replacing the fabric covered fuselage of the NA-57. As well as metal skin replacing the fabric on the fuselage, the fin was changed from having a corrugated skin to being a smooth stressed skin structure and was moved slightly aft, lengthening the rear fuselage while the engine was moved forward to maintain the center of gravity. The rudder was also changed from the rounded shape used previously to one with a roughly triangular shape with the broadest part being at the bottom to improve handling at high angles of attack. In one respect however, it was a step backwards from its immediate predecessor, the BT-14, with which it is often confused, in that the earlier straight wings were used with the result that in RCAF service, when compared to the later and more powerful Harvard II it was flown alongside, it had different handling characteristics and lower performance.

The British Purchasing Commission bought the 119 aircraft that had not yet been delivered to France in 1940, and transferred them to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan between August and September 1940, and all were operational by November. The type was named the Yale Mk.I following British naming practice of naming trainers after education institutions and US-supplied aircraft after American locations, in this case, Yale University, and were used initially as intermediate pilot trainers taking pilots from the de Havilland Tiger Moth and Fleet Finch to the much faster and more complex North American Harvard, until this category was dispensed with as being unnecessary. They were then relegated for use as airborne wireless radio trainers, along with the contemporary Fleet Fort intermediate trainer in 1943. Prior to service entry, the throttle and engine mixture controls were modified from the system used by the French whereby the throttle was pulled back to increase power, and the mixture control pulled back to lean out the mixture, to the system used on the Harvard. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia North American Yale

YouTube YouTube North American Yale

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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last update: 2021-11-01 19:58:00

Yale 3433

With No. 2 Service Flying Training School at Uplands, Ontario.

1940-09-23 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1942-October-27 Accident: 6 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Wilkinson
1944-January-22 Accident: 4 Wireless School Loc: Oakland Names: Johnson | Ronnebeck
1944-May-13 Accident: 4 Wireless School Loc: Allanbury Ontario Names: Coulter | Miller
1944-06-01 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

4 WS (4 Wireless School)

Trainees in the "Wireless Air Gunner" (WAG) stream spent 24 weeks at a Wireless Schoo learning the theory and application of wireless communications. This included signalling with lights and flags as well as radio. Their "WAG" training was completed with four weeks at a Bombing & Gunnery School.

RCAF Roundel RCAF.info - RCAF Station Guelph ON - 4 WS

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