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Desmarais, Benoit (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-October-08

Birth Date: 1923-April-13 (age 19)

Son of Louis and Marie Desmarais, of St. Boniface, Manitoba.

Home: St Boniface, Manitoba

Service
RCAF
Unit
36 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Base
Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada
Rank
Sergeant
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
R/124068
36 Operational Training Unit, Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Hudson aircraft missing.

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)

Sergeant Benoit Desmarais has no known grave.

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Hudson BW700

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. III BW700

First assigned to No. 36 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Station Greenwood, NS. Still with this Unit when it crashed near Port George, NS (on the Bay of Fundy, about 9 miles west of Greenwood) at 12:00 on 8 October 1942. Was reported missing on air to sea firing exercise, all seven crew missing assumed killed. Ownership to No. 4 Repair Depot on 13 October 1942 for write off.
1942-03-25 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-October-08 Accident: 36 Operational Training Unit Loc: Port George Bay Of Fundy Names: Armstrong | Barrett | Desmarais | Knowles | Mcfarlane | Shackell | Woodman
1943-01-30 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

36 OTU (36 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 Air Force Station at Greenwood, Nova Scotia can be found at:

RAF Roundel RCAF.info - Greenwood, Nova Scotia

General NO36 OTU Roll Of Honor

Museum Greenwod Military Aviation Museum Video History Of Greenwood

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