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Hatfield, William Miller (Sergeant)

Killed in Action 1942-February-21

Birth Date: 1915-October-26 (age 26)

Son of William Henry and Louisa Hatfield, of Victoria.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia

13 (OT) Sqn- Squadron
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
3 Operational Training Unit - attached to 115 Canadian Squadron. Hudson aircraft 776 was engaged in take-offs and landings when it overshot the landing and dove into the sea at Shoal Harbour, British Columbia. Pilot Officer B. Hutchinson was also killed. Sergeant Hatfield attempted a go-around while in full flap configuration resulting in an uncontrollable dive into the sea.

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Hudson 776

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Lockheed Hudson
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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.

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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 I 776

MX T AN T Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7373. To RCAF Station Trenton on 15 May 1940. Back to Rockcliffe later that year. To NO. 13 (OT) Squadron at RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC before end of 1940. Operated by No. 120 (BR) Squadron from RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, March to July 1941, coded "MX*T" and then “AN*T”. Category A crash at Tsehum Harbour, BC (now part of Sidney, BC at 13:55 on 21 February 1942. Pilot overshot on landing attempt at Patricia Bay, failed to raise the flaps, and dived into the sea. Two bodies recovered, including pilot Sgt. W.M. Hatfield. Aircraft was on loan from 3 OTU to No. 115 Squadron at the time.
1940-01-31 Taken on Strength No. 1 (E) Depot 2019-08-20
1942-February-21 Accident: 13 (OT) Squadron Loc: Shoal Bay Names: Hatfield | Hutchinson
1942-03-25 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

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