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Greene, Wallace Raymond (Squadron Leader)

Killed in Flying Accident 1953-September-19

Birth Date: 1915-February-22 (age 38)

Born: London, England

Son of Wallace and Ethel Greene.

Husband of Jean (nee Schramm). Father of Jeanne and John. Brother of Kenneth, Dorothy, Betty, Nancy and Barbara.

Home: London, England

Enlistment: Montreal, Quebec

Enlistment Date: 1942-02-26

CEPE- Central Experimental & Proving Establishment
Exporto Crede
Squadron Leader
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
Was he American?

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North American Sabre F-86 CAC FJ-2 FJ-3 CA-27 CL-13

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (RCAF Photo)
Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23066), Golden Hawks

The North American F-86 Sabre, sometimes called the Sabrejet, is a transonic jet fighter aircraft. Produced by North American Aviation, the Sabre is best known as the United States' first swept-wing fighter that could counter the swept-wing Soviet MiG-15 in high-speed dogfights in the skies of the Korean War (1950"1953), fighting some of the earliest jet-to-jet battles in history. Considered one of the best and most important fighter aircraft in that war, the F-86 is also rated highly in comparison with fighters of other eras. Although it was developed in the late 1940s and was outdated by the end of the 1950s, the Sabre proved versatile and adaptable and continued as a front-line fighter in numerous air forces.

Its success led to an extended production run of more than 7,800 aircraft between 1949 and 1956, in the United States, Japan, and Italy. In addition, 738 carrier-modified versions were purchased by the US Navy as FJ-2s and -3s. Variants were built in Canada and Australia. The Canadair Sabre added another 1,815 aircraft and the significantly redesigned CAC Sabre (sometimes known as the Avon Sabre or CAC CA-27), had a production run of 112. The Sabre is by far the most-produced Western jet fighter, with a total production of all variants at 9,860 units.

The fighter-bomber version (F-86H) could carry up to 2,000 lb (907 kg) of bombs, including an external fuel-type tank that could carry napalm. Unguided 2.75-inch (70-millimeter) rockets were used on some fighters on training missions, but 5-inch (127 mm) rockets were later carried on combat operations. The F-86 could also be fitted with a pair of external jettisonable jet fuel tanks (four on the F-86F beginning in 1953) that extended the range of the aircraft. Both the interceptor and fighter-bomber versions carried six 0.50 in (12.7 mm) M3 Browning machine guns with electrically-boosted feed in the nose (later versions of the F-86H carried four 20 mm (0.79 in) cannon instead of machine guns). Firing at a rate of 1,200 rounds per minute, the 0.50-inch guns were harmonized to converge at 1,000 ft (300 m) in front of the aircraft, using armor-piercing (AP) and armor-piercing incendiary (API) rounds, with one armor-piercing incendiary tracer (APIT) for every five AP or API rounds. The API rounds used during the Korean War contained magnesium, which were designed to ignite upon impact, but burned poorly above 35,000 ft (11,000 m) as oxygen levels were insufficient to sustain combustion at that height. Initial planes were fitted with the Mark 18 manual-ranging computing gun sight. The last 24 F-86A-5-Nas and F-86Es were equipped with the A-1CM gunsight-AN/APG-30 radar, which used radar to automatically compute a target's range, which later proved to be advantageous against MiG opponents over Korea. Wikipedia

Wkikpedia Wikipedia North American F-86 Sabre

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube YouTube F-86 Sabre Aerobatics - No Music! - Airshow London 2018

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Part Manual Volume I

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Part Manual Volume II

RCAF Roundel F-86 (Canadair Sabre) Maintenance and Diagrams (Partial Document)

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Sabre 4 19456

Originally ordered for the RCAF, but diverted to the RAF before being completed. Loaned back to the RCAF temporarily. First flight on 24 Oct 1952. Crashed during CNE Air Show on 19 Sept 1953, killing Squadron Leader W.R. Greene. On the books of Central Experimental and Proving Establishment when lost. Aircraft Record shows target tow gear installed. Never with the RAF, no serial recorded. Strike off, reduce to spares and scrap. 1 fatal.

General Aviation

1952-11-14 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1953-10-16 Struck off Strength Struck off from RCAF 2019-08-20

CEPE Exporto Crede (Central Experimental and Proving Establishment)

Museum Archives Association of Ontario

From the formation of the Air Board and the Canadian Air Force, test and development work was carried on at Ottawa Air Station (at Rockcliffe and Shirley's Bay). By 1930, a special Test Flight was established at Rockcliffe. Its purpose was to carry out investigations pertaining to flight testing, electronics, gunnery, navigation, and any aeronautical work that affected training. Due to the war, the demands for test flying for research and experiment increased and, as a result, the Test Flight was reorganized into the RCAF Test and Development Establishment in November 1940 and in 1946, its changed name to Experimental and Proving Establishment. Other experimental units such has the Winter Experimental Establishment were formed during and after the war. It was decided to centralize the control of their activities in one organization. On 1 September 1951 the Central Experimental and Proving Establishment was formed by the amalgamation of the E&PE at Rockciffe, the Winter Experimental Establishment at Edmonton, and the RCAF (National Research Council) Unit at Arnprior. Headquarters of CE&PE were at Rockcliffe, with detachments at several sites across Canada. In 1957 CE&PE was moved to RCAF Station Uplands, a move necessitated by the longer runways required for testing new jet aircraft.

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