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Crymes, Smith Edward (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Action 1942-May-06

Birth Date: 1927-December-23 (age 14)

Rupert S. Crymes & Elizabeth Olive Crymes

Ola Crymes of Picton, Ontario.

Home: Lonoke, Arkansas, USA (parents)

11 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
RCAF Stn. Torbay, Newfoundland.
Leading Aircraftman
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

Took off from Torbay with a crew of three, and five passengers.

Aircraft developed engine trouble on take off, struck the ground wing low and cartwheeled. It caught fire upon impact and all on board were killed instantly.

The Board of Inquiry cited four causes: (i) the aircraft was overloaded (ii) the load was incorrectly distributed (iii) partial failure of starboard engine (iv) misuse of controls by pilot.

Killed, crew: F/Lt Joseph Hyacinthe Ulysses Leblanc, RCAF C907 KIFA Gander War Cemetery, Plot 4. Row 5. Grave 1. Flight Sergeant William Freeborne Colville RCAF R/78383 KIFA Gander War Cemetery, Plot 3. Row 3. Grave 15. Sergeant Harold Fulford Taylor RCAF R/71922 KIFA Gander War Cemetery Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 23.

Killed, passengers: F/Lt. Rudolph Irwin Ehrlichman RCAF J/2637 KIFA Gander War Cemetery, Plot 3. Row 3. Grave 1. Sergeant Montezuma Holt Brothers RCAF R/51548 KIFA Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 22. Cpl. Charles Frederick Else RCAF 18103A KIFA Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 24. LAC Norman Clifford Fleischman RCAF R/84249 KIFA Gander War Cemetery, Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 26. LAC Smith Edward Crymes RCAF R/70596 KIFA Gander War Cemetery, Plot 3. Row 4. Grave 25.

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 MapLonoke, Arkansas, USA (parents)
Google MapCWG Cemetery
Plot 3 Row 4 Grave 25

Hudson 761

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.

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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 761

Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7346. Operated by No. 11 (BR) Squadron, from 15 September 1939. To Eastern Air Command with this unit on 1 April 1940. Flew this squadron's first war time mission, naval cooperation and height finding with HMS Repulse and Furious, 10 November 1939. Aircraft had been on detachment to Torbay, Newfoundland, and was returning to Dartmouth for scheduled maintenance when it crashed at 17:42 on 6 May 1942. Developed engine trouble on lift off, struck the ground wing low and cart wheeled. Caught fire immediately. 8 fatalities, including pilot Flight Lieutenant H.J. Leblanc and people returning to Dartmouth on leave. First fatal crash at RCAF Station Torbay, and the largest.

1939-09-15 Taken on Strength RCAF Station 2019-08-20
1942-May-06 Accident: 11 Squadron Loc: Rcaf Stnorth Torday Newfoundland Names: Brothers | Colville | Crymes | Ehrlichman | Else | Fleischman | Leblanc | Taylor
1943-04-16 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

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