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Day, Gordon Robert (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1940-04-29

Age: 23

Son of Robert Russell Day and Harriet Day, of Ottawa.

Home: Ottawa, Ontario

1 SFTS- Service Flying Training School
Camp Borden, Ontario, Canada
Pilot Officer
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
P/O Day was assigned to Harvard aircraft 1343, was engaged in a night-flying exercise, and was killed when he crashed one mile south-east of the aerodrome at Camp Borden.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1940-04-29

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – Intermediate Training Squadron -1940-04-29

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Sec 30 Lot 27 Grave 23

North American Harvard NA-26 NA-44

North American Harvard Mk. IV
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The North American Harvard appeared in 1937, in response to a US Air Corps proposal for an advanced trainer. The first of 50 Harvard Mk. Is ordered by the Canadian Government were delivered to RCAF Sea Island, BC in July 1939. By early 1940, the Mk. II was being assembled in California with an all metal fuselage replacing the original tube and fabric structure. 1200 Mk. IIs were supplied from US sources, until Canadian built Harvards started being produced in 1941.

In August 1938, Noorduyn Aviation of Montreal farsightedly signed an agreement with North American, to build the Harvard under licence. When the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP) came into being in December 1939, Noorduyn received its first orders and went on to produce nearly 2800 Harvard Mk. IIBs for the RCAF and the RAF, between 1940 and 1945. In Canada, Harvard Mk. IIBs were used as advanced trainers with the BCATP at fifteen Service Flying Training Schools across the nation. They helped pilots make to the transition from low powered primary trainers, like Fleet Finch or the de Havilland Tiger Moth, to high performance front line fighters such as the Spitfire.

At the end of WW II, although the RCAF retained the Harvard as a trainer, a large number of them were sold off to civilian operators. The RCAF soon regretted this, for by 1949 the Cold War with the Soviet Union was in full swing and the RCAF urgently needed trainers again. 100 T-6J Texans were leased temporarily from the USAF and a further 270 Harvards, the Mk. IV version, were ordered from Canadian Car & Foundry, Thunder Bay. The RCAF used the Harvard Mk. IV for a further fifteen years, before finally retiring it in 1966.

A total of 20,110 Harvards were built between 1938 and 1954, 3,370 of them in Canada. Countless numbers of privately owned Harvards are still flying today.

Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum's Harvard Mk. IV was built by Canadian Car & Foundry, Thunder Bay, Ontario in late 1951. The aircraft saw service at four RCAF flying schools across the nation until it was sold to a civilian owner in 1965. It was the third aircraft to join the Museum after Dennis Bradley, Alan Ness and John Weir donated it in 1973. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (2196), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (374), RCN On Strength (3)
last update: 2021-10-19 20:12:13

Harvard Mk. I 1343

Taken on strength at No. 115 (F) Squadron (Auxiliary), at Montreal, Quebec. To Camp Borden on 23 January 1940, replaced by Fairey Battle. To No. 1 Training Command on 1 April 1940. Category A crash at Borden at 21:50 on 29 April 1940. Had 456:25 airframe time when struck off. Wasp engine retained as a training aid.
1939-11-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1940-April-29 Accident: RCAF STN CAMP BORDEN Loc: Camp Borden Names: Day
1940-08-12 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to produce 2019-08-20

1 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (1 Service Flying Training School)

Currently the site of CFB Borden. Heliport and grass strip remains. CYBN
Camp Borden Class 1917

RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station Borden Ontario

RCAF Roundel - Relief Landing Field Edenvale Ontario

RCAF Roundel - Relief Landing Field Alliston Ontario

General Camp Borden History

CFB Borden

1917-02-04 Primary Location Camp Borden ON Canada
1941-10-01 Relief Field Alliston, ON Canada Approximate location returned to agriculture.
1941-10-01 Relief Field Edenvale, Ontario Canada Currently the site of Edenvale Airport CNV8

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