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Gordon, John Alastair (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-January-06

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Birth Date: 1926-April-17 (age 17)

Born: Mount Pleasant Cheshire UK

Son of Michael and Margaret Gordon of Chester, England

Home: Cheshire, UK

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
RCAF Debert
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
Killed in training accident, see accident card below.

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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. V AM764

With No. 31 Operational Training Unit at Debert, NS when taken on strength. Still with this Unit when it received Category B damage at Summerside, PEI at 16:00 on 14 November 1941. To No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB for crash repairs with 167:20 logged time. Back to Eastern Air Command on 29 July 1942. Category C7 damage at Debert at 14:30 on 16 June 1942. Category A crash at Doddridge, NS (about 14 miles south-west of Debert aerodrome) on 14 January 1944. Struck high ground while practice descent through cloud procedures. Pilot Officer J.A. Gordon, RAF killed, three other crew members survived. To No. 4 Repair Depot for scrapping on 14 January 1944.
1941-06-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1941-November-14 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Summerside Pei Names: Hodge | Moran | Winstanley
1942-June-16 Accident: 4 Repair Depot Loc: Debert Nova Scotia Names: Beamish | Gilbert | Goodwin | Konchak | Urquhart
1944-January-06 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Doddridge Nova Scotia Names: Bertie | Easton | Gordon | Jeffrey
1944-04-04 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

31 OTU (31 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 RCAF Station at Debert, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

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