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Darragh, Francis Hugh AFC (Wing Commander)

Killed in Flying Accident 1954-03-15

Birth Date: 1920-04-17 (age 33)

Born: Regina, Saskatchewan

Son of Hugh and the late Jean Darragh of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Husband of Marie Darragh. Father of Pamela, John and Gregory. Brother of Geraldine.

Home: Regina, Saskatchewan

Enlistment: Vancouver, British Columbia

Enlistment Date: 1940-04-02

Decorations: AFC, CD


Airforce CrossCanadian Forces Decoration
Service
RCAF
Unit
444 (F) Sqn- Squadron
Strike Swift Strike Sure
Rank
Wing Commander
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
19614

Sabre 5 23078

Combat 1954-March-15 to 1954-March-15

Delivered to Europe by No. 1 Oversea Ferry Unit in February 1954, in Operation Random 1. With No. 444 (F) Squadron (4 Wing) at Baden-Soellingen, Germany in 1950s. Still with this Squadron when it crashed on 15 March 1954 as registration 23078. The crash source was suspected as caused by an inadvertent ejection at 800 feet, while making a forced landing after an engine failure. RCAF W/C F. H. Darragh AFC was killed.

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North American Sabre F-86 CAC FJ-2 FJ-3 CA-27 CL-13

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (RCAF Photo)
Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23066), Golden Hawks

The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept-wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950"“1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces.

Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States, Japan, and Italy. In addition, 738 carrier-modified versions were purchased by the US Navy as FJ-2s and -3s. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 aircraft and the significantly redesigned CAC Sabre (sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CAC CA-27), had a production run of 112. The Sabre is by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with a total production of all variants at 9,860 units.

The fighter-bomber version (F-86H) could carry up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs, including an external fuel-type tank that could carry napalm. Unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets were used on some fighters on training missions, but 5-inch (127 mm) rockets were later carried on combat operations. The F-86 could also be fitted with a pair of external jettisonable jet fuel tanks (four on the F-86F beginning in 1953) that extended the range of the aircraft. Both the interceptor and fighter-bomber versions carried six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns with electrically-boosted feed in the nose (later versions of the F-86H carried four 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon instead of machine guns). Firing at a rate of 1,200 rounds per minute, the 0.50-inch guns were harmonized to converge at 1,000 ft (300 m) in front of the aircraft, using armor-piercing (AP) and armor-piercing incendiary (API) rounds, with one armor-piercing incendiary tracer (APIT) for every five AP or API rounds. The API rounds used during the Korean War contained magnesium, which were designed to ignite upon impact, but burned poorly above 35,000 ft (11,000 m) as oxygen levels were insufficient to sustain combustion at that height. Initial planes were fitted with the Mark 18 manual-ranging computing gun sight. The last 24 F-86A-5-Nas and F-86Es were equipped with the A-1CM gunsight-AN/APG-30 radar, which used radar to automatically compute a target's range, which later proved to be advantageous against MiG opponents over Korea. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia North American F-86 Sabre

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube F-86 Sabre Aerobatics - No Music! - Airshow London 2018

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Part Manual Volume I

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Part Manual Volume II

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Maintenance and Diagrams (Partial Document)

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last update: 2023-09-02 14:46:28

Sabre 5 23078

First flight 8 Dec 1953. Delivered to Europe by No. 1 Overseas Ferry Unit in Feb 1954, in Operation Random 1. With 444 (F) Squadron at RCAF Station Baden-Soellingen. Cat A crash on 15 Mar 1954. 1 fatal. Wing Commander F. Darragh AFC killed. Strike off.

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1953-12-28 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1954-03-26 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07


444 (F) Sqn- Squadron Strike Swift Strike Sure

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