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Hoffman, Albert (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-May-30

Birth Date: 1919 (age 23)

Son of Henry and Catherine Elizabeth Hoffman, of Ritzville, Washington, United States.

Home: Ritzville, Washington, USA

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pilot 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
Prev: R/101290
31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. Pilot Officer Hoffman was killed in Hudson aircraft AM 737 while attempting a single-engine landing. He had to go around again to avoid an aircraft on the runway, the Hudson went out of control and crashed into some woods at the aerodrome boundary at Debert. Pilot Officer Pilot Hoffman is buried in the Memorial Cemetery at R itzv Ile, Washington, U.S.A.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Canada Primary Source Library and Archives Canada Service Files (may not exist)

Google MapRitzville, Washington, USA
Google MapRitzville Memorial Cemetery
Lot 3 Sec 2 Block 12A

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. V AM737

First assigned to No. 31 OTU at RCAF Stn Debert, NS. Cat “A” crash at Debert aerodrome at 14:15 on 30 May 1942. After an oblique photography mission and following an engine failure, the pilot during a landing attempt lost control while attempting to avoid another aircraft on the runway and crashed into woods on aerodrome boundary. Pilot Officer A.E. Hoffman (pilot) was killed. Sgt’s W.D. Earl and A.C. Norris were seriously injured. To No. 4 Repair Depot for write off on 3 Jun 1942.
1942-01-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-May-30 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Earl | Hoffman | Norris
1942-08-17 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 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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