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Duff, Louis MacAdam (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1940-11-25

Male Head

Age: 23

Charles A. Duff and Lena MacAdam Duff, of Montreal

Home: Montreal, Quebec

Service
RCAF
Unit
3 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Base
London, Ontario, Canada
Rank
Leading Aircraftman
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
R/56372
3 Elementary Flying Training School, London, Ontario. Fleet Finch aircraft 4528 and Fleet Finch aircraft 4499 were in a mid-air collision one quarter mile southwest of the aerodrome at London. Both students were engaged in a solo training flight and both were killed. LAC J.E. Higginbotham was the pilot of 4528 and LAC Duff was the pilot of 4499.

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. Finch Finch II 4499
  2. Finch Finch II 4528

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

Burial
Google Map Mount Royal Cemetery, Canada
Sec G943 Grave 320

Crew on Finch Finch II 4528

Fleet Finch

Fleet Finch Mk. IICanadian Warplane Heritage Museum

The Fleet Finch was the final version of a whole family of light biplane trainers, designed by Consolidated Aircraft of Buffalo, NY and intended for civilian use. Few of these aircraft were marketed under the Consolidated name, as most were sold through Fleet Aircraft Canada, under a range of model numbers. Only the RCAF gave any of these models names, calling the Model 7 the Fawn and the Model 16 the Finch. These aircraft were built from 1930 to 1941, all at Fort Erie, Ontario.

The Finch was developed to meet an RCAF requirement for a fully aerobatic, primary trainer. The RCAF ordered the first batch of aircraft in July 1939 and powered by a Kinner R5-2, 160 hp engine, they were designated the Fleet Finch Mk. I. Most of these aircraft were delivered to the RCAF Central Flying School at Trenton, Ontario by early 1940.

The RCAF placed a further order for primary trainers with Fleet in January 1940. The Fleet Finch Mk. II, powered by a Kinner B-5R, 130 hp engine, first flew from Fort Erie in March 1940. During the following year, over 400 Fleet Finch Mk. IIs were delivered to BCATP Elementary Flying Schools right across Canada.

The Fleet Finch was well liked by the RCAF as it was a rugged aircraft, was relatively easy to fly and withstood the abuse of novice pilots. Some Fleet Finches remained in service with the RCAF until 1947, but most were retired by October 1944. Their role as a primary trainer was taken over by Fairchild PT-26 Cornell. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

YouTube Fleet Finch

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (431), RCAF 400 Squadron (3), Canadian Aircraft Losses (34), Canadian Manufactured (1)
last update: 2021-09-07 16:39:39

Finch Finch II 4499

Category A damage on 25 November 1940 while with No. 3 Elementary Flying Training School at London, Ontario.
1940-06-29 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1940-November-25 Accident: 3 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: London Airport Names: Duff
1941-01-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20
1942-September-19 Accident: 17 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Stanley Airport Names: Pole


Finch Finch II 4528

Category A damage on 25 November 1940 while with No. 7 Elementary Flying Training School at Windsor, Ontario.
1940-08-01 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1940-November-25 Accident: 3 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: London Airport Names: Higginbotham
1941-01-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

3 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (3 Elementary Flying Training School)

NO3 EFTS London 1942
The School was established at London, Ontario. The former school is now the London, Ontario International Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at London can be found at

RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station London ON

General 3 EFTS History

1940-06-24 Primary Location London ON Canada Now site of London Airport CYXU

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