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Devries, James Paul (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-August-30

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Birth Date: 1920-May-28 (age 22)

Son of Kornelius G. Devries and Edith E. Devries, of Vancouver.

Home: Vancouver, British Columbia

11 SFTS- Service Flying Training School
Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada
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
Cessna Crane aircraft 8079 was in a mid-air collision during a formation flying exercise. LAC Devries was killed when 8079 crashed at Horsehoe Lake, Saskatchewan.

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)

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Crane Mk. I 8079
  2. Crane Mk. I 8025

All the aircraft in the above list are in this report.

There were no casulaties listed on Crane Mk. I 8025

Cessna Crane

Cessna Crane Mk. I
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Cessna T-50 Crane was the RCAF version of the Cessna AT-17 Bobcat, a twin-engined advanced trainer designed and made in the USA during the Second World War. It served to bridge the gap between single-engined trainers and twin-engined combat aircraft.

First flown in 1939, the American-built Cessna Crane was developed as a five-seat, light transport civilian aircraft. It was originally intended to serve only a minor role within the BCATP (an initial 180 were ordered in 1940) until the Canadian-built Avro Ansons became available in greater numbers. This was the first large order that Cessna had received for one of its products. Eventually, more than 5,400 Cranes would be produced, of which 826 saw service with the RCAF. Cessna Cranes were used primarily to teach future bomber pilots, after they had received their initial training, to fly multi-engined aircraft at Service Flying Training Schools in western Canada.

Powered by 245-horsepower Jacobs R-755-9 radial engines, Cessna Cranes featured wooden wings and tail married to a fuselage constructed of welded steel tubing. Most of the aircraft was fabric-covered. It was cheap, reliable and relatively easy to fly, with a top speed of 315 kilometres (195 miles) per hour.

The Crane provided twin-engined complexity with economy of operation and went on to become one of the most important aircraft used by the BCATP. Cranes continued to serve with the RCAF until 1947, after which many were purchased by private individuals and companies.

Nicknamed the Bamboo Bomber because of its largely wood construction, the Crane had a reputation as a stable and reliable aircraft. Although not an ideal training aircraft because of its poor single-engined performance and load-carrying capability, it performed its duties satisfactorily and helped train several thousand bomber pilots. Bomber Command Museum of Canada

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (826), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (81)
last update: 2021-08-30 15:20:54

Crane Mk. I 8079

First assigned to No. 11 Service Flying Training School at Yorkton, Saskatchewan. Category C1 damage at Yorkton at 16:45 on 14 December 1941. Category C8 damage at Yorkton aerodrome at 23:45 on 11 January 1942. Category A crash at Yorkton on 30 August 1942. Scrapped by No. 11 SFTS.
1941-11-05 Taken on Strength No. 2 Training Command 2019-08-20
1941-December-14 Accident: 11 Service Flying Training School Loc: Sturdee Relief Field Names: Atwood
1942-January-11 Accident: 11 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Yorkton Names: Chipperfield
1942-August-30 Accident: 11 Service Flying Training School Loc: Horseshoe Lake Saskatchewan Names: Devries | Giles | Tietjens
1942-09-28 Struck off Strength Written off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

Crane Mk. I 8025

To Prairie Airways for overhaul, 23 April to 2 July 1943. To No. 2 Training Command when completed. To storage from 4 August to 2 September 1943. To No. 2 Air command on 1 December 1944. Pending disposal from 17 April 1945. Stored at No. 12 Service Flying Training School at Brandon, Manitoba, where it was noted with 3221:20 total time, 1586:05 since overhaul. To civil register as CF-DRM. This registration re-used by 1968.
1941-10-11 Taken on Strength No. 2 Training Command 2019-08-20
1942-August-30 Accident: 11 Service Flying Training School Loc: Horseshoe Lake Saskatchewan Names: Devries | Giles | Tietjens
1945-10-31 Struck off Strength Struck off, to War Assets Corporation for disposal 2019-08-20

11 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (11 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

NO11 SFTS Opening Day 1941

For more Information on RCAF Station Yorkton see here

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Yorkton SK

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Sturdee SK

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Rhein SK

  • General 11 SFTS Yorkton SK History

  • Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial - 11 SFTS Yorkton History

  • Museum Vintage Wings - Ghosts of Saskatchewan

  • 1941-04-10 Primary Location Yorkton SK Canada Present site of Yorkton SK Airport CYQV
    1941-04-10 Relief Field Sturdee SK Canada Abandoned return to agriculture still visible on satellite imagery.
    1941-04-11 Relief Field Rhein SK Approximate location turf runways returned to agriculture

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