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Hawkins, Edwin Donald (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-August-12

Birth Date: 1925-April-14 (age 19)

Born: Toronto Ontario

Son of Edwin and Margaret Hawkins, of Lindsay.

Home: Lindsay, Ontario

4 BGS- Bombing & Gunnery School
Fingal, Ontario, Canada
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
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Sgt Hawkins and Sgt R.D. Sharp were engaged in night flying practice and were both killed when their Anson aircraft 6276 crashed and burned two miles east of Wallacetown, Ontario.

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Sec 16 Range 10 Plot 34

Crew on Anson Mk. I 6276

Avro Anson

Avro Anson Mk. V
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Museum's Anson Mk. V was built by MacDonald Brothers in Winnipeg in 1944. It flew with No. 7 Photographic Wing and No. 414 Squadron in Ottawa on photo survey work until the late 1940s. In 1956, it was purchased by INCO and used for mineral surveying until 1980, when it was donated to the Museum. The exterior is painted in the yellow colour common to all BCATP trainers and is in its same wartime RCAF markings.

The Avro Anson was known by a number of nicknames including "Faithful Annie" or "Flying Greenhouse". It was the first aircraft to be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force to have a retractable undercarriage, which was a comparative novelty in 1936. In 1940, a Canadian government owned company, Federal Aircraft Limited, was created in Montreal to manufacture the Anson for Canadian use. Nearly 3,000 Anson aircraft were produced and, in the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), the Anson was the standard trainer for many pilots, observers (navigators), wireless operators and bomb aimers. More than 20,000 aircrew received training on the Anson. In Canadian service, the aircraft was substantially re-designed with the substitution of North American engines and many other airframe and equipment changes. Harold Skaarup web pages

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube Avro Anson History

YouTube Avro Anson Construction

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (4404), RCAF 400 Squadron (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (257)
last update: 2022-02-22 21:45:24

Anson Mk. I 6276

Ex RAF W1726. To No. 3 Training Command on 21 January 1941, noted as on loan to RAF school pending arrival of RAF Ansons. Back to Eastern Air Command on 5 November 1941. To Canada Car & Foundry for overhaul, 29 June 1943 to 10 January 1944. To No. 1 Training Command when completed, for use by No. 4 Bombing & Gunnery School at Fingal, Ontario. Category A crash at Wallacetown, Ontario (about 9 miles south-west of Fingal) on 12 August 1944.
1940-12-14 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-August-12 Accident: 4 Bomb & Gunnery School Loc: Wallacetown Names: Hawkins | Sharp
1944-09-21 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

4 BGS- Bombing & Gunnery School (4 Bomb and Gunnery School)

The Bombing and Gunnery School (B&GS) offered instruction in the techniques of bomb aiming and aerial machine gunnery to Air Observers, Bomb Aimers, and Wireless Air Gunners. These schools required large areas to accommodate their bombing and gunnery ranges, and were often located near water. The Avro Anson, Fairey Battle, Bristol Bolingbroke, and Westland Lysander were the standard aircraft used at B&GS schools.
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