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Harrison, W (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-January-29

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Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
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
31 OTU - see Bodell E. Please see Bates MJ for casualty list and flight detail. SL

Hudson FK547

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. VI FK547

Used by No. 31 OTU at Debert, NS. The a/c had a Cat “B” crash on 11 Feb 1943 when the a/c swung on take-off and crashed. To Clark Ruse Aircraft at Moncton, NB, 20 Aug to 24 Nov 1943. Back to EAC when completed. Reported missing from Derbert on 29 Jan 1944 during an night operational training flight. The four-man crew consisting of Flight Sergeant W. Harrison (pilot), Flight Sergeant W. Clark (nav), Flight Sergeant W.J. Bates (WAG) and Flight Sergeant W.J. Bodell (WAG) all perished. Allocated to No. 4 Repair Depot on 15 Feb 1944 for write off
1942-09-25 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1943-February-11 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bradley | Humphries | Moore
1943-February-11 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Bradley | Humphries | Moore
1944-January-29 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: A/C Missing Names: Bates | Bonell | Clark | Harrison
1944-03-24 Struck off Strength 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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