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Keegan, Charles Clement (Flight Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-April-02

Birth Date: 1912-June-02 (age 31)

Son of Charles and Evelyn Keegan, of Montreal.

Home: Montreal, Quebec

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
Flight Sergeant
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
Wireless Air Gunner
Service Numbers
31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. Hudson aircraft FK 541 crashed in the sea during a night training exercise. P/O5 I. Roberston, F/O I. Horton, and FS J.A.R. Renaud were also killed.

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Google Map Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Canada
Sec GA Lot 2241 Grave 1820

Crew on Hudson Mk. VI FK541

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.

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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 FK541

Used by No. 31 OTU at Debert, NS. Cat “B” damage at Derbert aerodrome at 13:35 hrs on 30 Jan 1943, when the undercarriage struck a snow bank at the end of the runway. To No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB for repairs, 2 Feb to 3 Nov 1943, back to No. 31 OTU when completed. Allocated to No. 4 RD for write off on 3 Apr 1944, after being reported missing at sea on a night operational training exercise on 2 Apr 1944 with four crew on board. Pilot Officer I.W. Horton (pilot), Pilot Officer J.I. Robertson (nav), Flight Sergeant CG. Keegan (WAG) and Flight Sergeant J.A.R. Renaud (WAG) were all killed. The body of Flight Sergeant Keegan was found in a dinghy by a searching navy vessel two days later.
1942-09-25 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1943-January-30 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Boyle | Ingram | James
1944-April-02 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Names: Horton | Keegan | Renaud | Robertson
1944-06-09 Struck off Strength 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 - 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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