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Kerswill, Giles James Daniel (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1942-December-15

Birth Date: 1921-January-06 (age 21)

Son of Giles James Daniel and Marie Kerswill, of Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Home: Maple, Ontario

353 Sqn- Squadron
Warrant Officer 2nd Class
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
194 Squadron Hudson IIIa aircraft FH 431 went down near Tezur, India. Warrant Officer Class 2 GJD Kerswill (RCAF)(353 Sqn), Pilot Officer WE Foot (RAFVR)(353 Sqn), FS WC Cameron (RCAF)(194 Sqn), FS R MacLean (RCAF)(USA)(194 Sqn) and Sergeant LK Tempest (RNZAF)(194 Sqn) were missing, believed killed. They are all commemorated on the Singapore War Memorial, Malaya. 194 Sqn, a transport unit, was reclassified as an Airborne Forces Sqn and taken over by 353 Sqn in September 1943. Detail from

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Warrant Officer 2nd Class Giles James Daniel Kerswill has no known grave.

Google MapMaple, Ontario

Google MapSingapore War Memorial
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Hudson FH431

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 (7), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (2)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. llla FH431

#194 Squadron (Surrigere colligere) RAF Lahore, Punjab, Hudson IIIa aircraft #FH 431 went down near Tezur, India.

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