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Crummey, Cyril Bertram (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-August-28

Birth Date: 1920-May-02 (age 23)

Son of Lewis and Hulda May Crummey, of St. John's, Newfoundland.

Home: St John's, Newfoundland

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers

31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. Hudson VI aircraft EW 873 failed to return from a night training exercise, believed to have crashed in the Gulf of St Lawrence

Sgt CB Crummey (RAFVR)(Nfld) was killed and the only crew member whose remains were recovered. Sgt Crummey is buried at the Sherwood Cemtery in PEI, Canada. P/O FE Impey (RAFVR), Sgt SJ Oakley (RAFVR), and Sgt JBP Stevens (RAAF) were missing, presumed killed. They have no known graves and are commemorated on the Ottawa Memorial

General No.31 Operational Training Unit (Later No.7 Operational Training Unit

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)

Crew on Hudson Mk. VI EW873

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 Mk. VI EW873

Probably in service at No. 31 Operational Training Unit at Debert, NS, on the books of the RAF, when it crashed in the fall of 1942. To workshop reserve at No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB, then to Clark Ruse Aircraft for repairs on 27 October 1942, following a Category B crash. To Eastern Air Command on 10 April 1943. To No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc on 13 September 1943, for write off.
1942-09-25 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1943-August-27 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Names: Crummey | Impey | Oakley | Stevens
1944-01-26 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF) (31 Operational Training Unit)

The Operational Training Unit (OTU) was the last stop for aircrew trainees. They spent 8 to 14 weeks learning to fly operational aircraft (Hawker Hurricane or Fairey Swordfish, e.g.). The instructors had experience in actual operations, and often were posted to OTUs after their operational tour. More information on the RCAF Station at Debert, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

  • 1941-06-03 Primary Location Debert NS Canada Currently site of Delbert Airport Ident CCQ3

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