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Crerar, George Taylor (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1942-July-10

Birth Date: 1914-September-01 (age 27)

Born: Drumbo Ontario

John & Esther Crerar

Eleanor Louisa Crerar, of Brantford, Ontario.

Home: Bright, Ontario (parents)

Service
RCAF
Unit
10 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
Base
RAF Gander Nfld.
Rank
Pilot Officer
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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
J/9404

10 North Atlantic Squadron, Gander, Newfoundland.

Took off from Gander on a routine maritime patrol.

Aircraft failed to return. Wreckage was not found until August 1956, when it was found by RCMP Beaver CF-MPN, 20 miles east of Port Saunders, Newfoundland.

Killed: P/O Douglas Earle Corey, RCAF KIA St John's Joint Services Cemetery, St John's, Newfoundland, Sec A Plot 5 Grave C. P/O Crerar, George Taylor RCAF KIA St John's Joint Services Cemetery, St John's, Newfoundland, Sec A Plot 5 Grave D. Sgt Tom Harold Few, RCAF KIA Goose Bay Military Cemetery, Dakota Drive A0P 1C0, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Sec A Plot 5 Grave E. F/Sgt Charles Harold Finniss, RCAF KIA Goose Bay Military Cemetery, Dakota Drive, Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Labrador, Sec A Plot 5 Grave A. P/O Edwin Joseph Padden, RCAF pilot KIA St John's Joint Services Cemetery, St John's, Newfoundland, Sec B Plot 9 Grave G. P/O Stanley St George Stubbs, RCAF KIA St John's Joint Services Cemetery, St John's, Newfoundland, Sec A Plot 5 Grave F.

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 MapBright, Ontario (parents)
Burial
Google MapSt John's Joint Services Cemetery
Sec A Plot 5 Grave D

Digby 739

Douglas Digby

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581607) (Source Harold A Skaarup web page)
Douglas Digby Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 740), coded R, No. 10 (Bomber) Squadron, RCAF.

The RCAF acquired 20 Douglas Digby Mk. I in 1940. These were American twin engine B-18A Bolo bombers which served during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Digby, named after the RAF school of bombing at RAF Digby, was based on the Douglas DC-2 airframe. The RCAF Digbys were immediately issued to No. 10 Squadron to replace the squadron's Westland Wapitis, to carry out anit-submarine patrol duties. RCAF Eastern Air Command (EAC) Digbys carried out 11 attacks on U-boats. U-520 was confirmed sunk by Flying Officer F. Raymes' crew of No. 10 (BR) Squadron, on 30 October 1942, east of Newfoundland. The Digby antisubmarine role was relatively short-lived, and they were superseded in this role in 1943 by Consolidated B-24 Liberators, which had a much heavier payload and a substantially longer range which finally closed the mid-Atlantic gap. Harold Skaarup web page

YouTube Digby bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia, Digby bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (20), Canadian Aircraft Losses (5)
last update: 2021-09-06 14:28:30

Digby Mk. I 739

First used at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario. To RCAF Station Trenton, Ontario from 24 May to 31 July 1940, then back to Rockcliffe. To stored reserve with Eastern Air Command at Halifax on 9 August 1940. Issued to No. 10 (BR) Squadron at RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS on 14 December 1940. Also used by A flight of this Squadron at RCAF Station Gander, Newfoundland. Coded "P". Disappeared while on patrol on 14 July 1942. Wreckage not located until August 1956, when it was found by RCMP Beaver CF-MPN, 20 miles east of Port Saunders, Newfoundland.
1939-12-29 Taken on Strength No. 1 (E) Depot 2019-08-20
1942-July-11 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Rcaf Stnorth Gander Names: Corey | Crerar | Few | Finnis | Padden | Stubbs
1942-12-07 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

10 (BR) Sqn ()

Battle honours

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1940-1945.

Lineage

Authorized as ‘No.10 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron’ 1 April 1938.Footnote1

Redesignated 'No.10 (Bomber) Squadron' 28 August 1939.Footnote2

Redesignated 'No.10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron' 1 September 1939.Footnote3

Disbanded 13 August 1945.Footnote4

Notes:

No lineal connection with '10 Experimental Squadron', of 1967-70. See 10 Experimental Squadron.

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on anti-submarine operations on the Atlantic Coast under 'Eastern Air Command'.Footnote5

Footnotes

Footnote 1

GO 48/38. Authorized but not formed (AFGO 19/39)

Footnote 2

AFGO 41/39

Footnote 3

AFGO 57/39\

Footnote 4

Secret Organization Order 279, 4 August 1945, file S.17-10-1 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5432)

Footnote 5

AFGO 25/40; Statement and Organization Charts for the Home and Overseas War and BCATP Organization, 15 April 1942, file S.8202, Kardex 181.002 (D421); Memorandum, Notes for CAS, Appendix A, 12 September 1939, Document Collection 77/543

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