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Hyland, Thomas Vincent (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-April-08

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Birth Date: 1916-October-27 (age 26)

Son of Thomas William and Esther Hyland, of West Vancouver.

Home: West Vancouver, British Columbia

Service
RCAF
Unit
31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Base
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
Rank
Sergeant
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
R/128953
31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. Sgts Hyland and P.W. Elliott (RAAF) were engaged in a navigation exercise and were killed when Hudson aircraft FK 408 crashed near Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Find-A-Grave.com

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

Crew on Hudson Mk. VI FK408

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 FK408

Used by No. 31 Operational Training Unit at Debert, NS. With this Unit when it crashed at 21:50 on 8 April 1943, near Cape Mabou Mountain on Cape Breton, NS. Flew into high ground 50 minutes after taking off on navigation exercise, carburetor icing suspected. Pilot Sgt. T.V. Hyland and navigator Sgt. P.W. Elliot, RAAF killed. The WAG, Flight Sergeant B.J. McCarthy survived with only minor injuries. Assigned to No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB for scrapping on 12 April 1943.
1942-11-14 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1943-April-08 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Cape Mabou Mt Nova Scotia Names: Elliott | Hyland | McCarthy
1943-08-02 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF) (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 RCAF.info - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

  • 1941-06-03 Primary Location Debert NS Canada Currently site of Delbert Airport Ident CCQ3

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