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Laws, Frederick (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-October-04

Male Head

Birth Date: 1925 (age 19)

5 OTU- Operational Training Unit
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada
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
5 Operational Training Unit - Detachment, Abbotsford, British Columbia. At approximately 03:00 in the morning, Liberator EW127 code letter “V” with a crew of eleven RAF airmen of Course 6 went missing. It was later discovered that the four engine bomber had crashed some seven miles East of Duncan, 12 miles N.W of Patricia Bay, Vancouver Island. Although only three bodies were identified it was concluded that all eleven members perished in the crash. The wreckage was such that the only way air-force investigators were able to be sure it was EW127 was from a data plate serial number off the remains of the No. 1 engine. All remains were interned at the Royal Oak Cemetery, Victoria, B.C. Please see below for links to the other airmen killed in this crash. Text by Michael DesMazes.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Google Map Royal Oak Burial Park, Canada
Sec D Plot 19 Coll grave 3

Crew on Liberator B. Mk. VI EW127

Consolidated Liberator B-24 / F-7

(DND Photos via James Craik) (Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Consolidated Liberator G.R. Mk. VIII, RCAF (Serial No. 11130) ex-USAAF Consolidated (Vultee) B-24L Liberator USAAF (44-50154)
ex-RAF (Serial No. 5009), ex-Indian Air Force (Serial No. HE773).
Currently preserved in the Canada Aviation and Space Museum Ottawa Ontario.

The Consolidated B-24 Liberator was an American heavy bomber flown by the RCAF during the Second Word War. It was designed with a shoulder-mounted, high aspect ratio Davis wing which gave the Liberator a high cruise speed, long range and the ability to carry a heavy bomb load. Early RAF Liberators were the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic Ocean as a matter of routine. In comparison with its contemporaries the B-24 was relatively difficult to fly and had poor low speed performance; it also had a lower ceiling compared with the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress. Of the roughly 18,500 B-24s built in the USA during the war, 148 were flown by the RCAF on long range anti-submarine patrols, with the B-24 serving an instrumental role in closing the Mid-Atlantic gap in the Battle of the Atlantic. The RCAF also flew a few B-24s post war as transports.

Roughly half of all (RAF) Liberator crews in the China-Burma-India (CBI) Theatre were Canadian by the end of the war. John Muir of Vancouver flew the longest mission of the war: 24hrs, 10mins from Ceylon to Burma and back. (Kyle Hood) Harold Skaarup web page

YouTube Liberator bomber

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Liberator bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (148), RCAF 400 Squadron (19), Canadian Aircraft Losses (145), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-09-18 19:06:22

Liberator B. Mk. VI EW127

Ex USAAF B-24J-15-CF, serial number 42-99793. With No. 5 Operational Training Unit at RCAF Stations Boundary Bay and/or Abbotsford, BC. Coded "V". Crashed on Salt Spring Island on 4 October 1944, due to in flight fire. 11 killed. Cause of fire never determined. To No. 3 Repair Depot in November 1944 for write off.
1944-05-20 Taken on Strength Western Air Command 2019-08-20
1944-October-04 Accident: 5 Operational Training Unit Loc: Abbotsford British Columbia Names: Barker | Birrell | Davidson | Jenkins | Jordan | Langley | Laws | Metcalfe | Mitchell | Rockliffe | Willets
1944-12-04 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

5 OTU- Operational Training Unit (5 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. 5 Operational Training Unit was established at RCAF Station Boundary Bay, British Columbia. The former station is now the Boundary Bay Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at Boundary Bay can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info

  • A Detachment of 5 Operational Training Unit was established at RCAF Station Abbotsford, British Columbia. The former Station is now the Abbotsford International Airport. More information on the RCAF Station at Abbotsford can be found at
  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info

  • 1944-04-01 Primary Location Boundary Bay Canada
    1944-04-01 Detachment Abbotsford Canada

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