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Hodgins, Bruce Hawthorne (Flying Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1951-July-05

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Birth Date: 1921-February-11 (age 30)

Born: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Son of James and Augusta Hodgins of Picton, Ontario.

Husband of Muriel (nee Kimberley). Father of Carolyn Susan. Brother of James and Eric Hodgins.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Enlistment Date: 1942-08-20

1 FIS- Flying Instructor School
Flying 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
Flying Officer J.A. Brown also killed.

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Texan T-6 4481078

North American Texan T-6 AT-6D

Source: Harold A Skaarup Web Page (Alec Wilson Photo)
North American AT-6D Texan (Serial No. 313048), Reg. No. G-TDJN, David Nock

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan is an American single-engined advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), United States Navy, Royal Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and into the 1970s. Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The United States Army Air Corps (USAAC) and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces the Harvard, the name by which it is best known outside the US. Starting in 1948, the new United States Air Force (USAF) designated it the T-6, with the USN following in 1962. It remains a popular warbird used for airshow demonstrations and static displays. It has also been used many times to simulate various historical aircraft, including the Japanese Mitsubishi A6M Zero. A total of 15,495 T-6s of all variants were built.

At the end of WW II, although the RCAF retained the Harvard as a trainer, a large number of them were sold off to civilian operators. The RCAF soon regretted this, for by 1949 the Cold War with the Soviet Union was in full swing and the RCAF urgently needed trainers again. 100 T-6J Texans were leased temporarily from the USAF and a further 270 Harvards, the Mk. IV version, were ordered from Canadian Car & Foundry, Thunder Bay.

The Texan's ancestry goes back to the North American NA-16 prototype which was first flown on April 1, 1935. In 1935, NAA submitted this design for the U.S. Army Air Corps Basic Trainer Competition. NAA also targeted the export market. Wikipedia (with revisions)

Wkikpedia Wikipedia North American T-6 Texan

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube North American T-6 Texan

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (100), Canadian Aircraft Losses (2)
last update: 2021-11-01 18:26:09

Texan T-6 AT-6D-NT 4481078

Issued to Training Command on 12 May 1951. With No. 1 Flying Instructors School when it suffered a Category A crash on 5 July 1951. Flying Officer J.A. Brown and Flying Officer B.H. Hodgins killed. To No. 6 Repair Depot on 24 July 1951, for reduction to spares. Harvard 4 serial number 20315 supplied to USAF as a replacement.

1951-05-12 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1951-05-12 Loan From Other Air Force Received from USAF on loan 2019-08-20
1951-07-24 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

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