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Lawton, Frank (Leading Aircraftman)

Died 1943-July-19

Male Head

Birth Date: 1911 (age 32)

Son of John and Lydia Lawton, of Smallthorne, Stoke-on-Trent, England.

38 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF)
Estevan, Saskatchewan, Canada
Leading Aircraftman
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
Daily diary has him placed on the seriously ill list at 2000 hours on 1943-07-18. Then lists him dying of natural causes on 1943-07-19 at 1717 hours.

Canada Primary Source School Daily Diary Entry – 1943-07-18

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

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

Google Map Estevan Cemetery, Canada
Sec 8 Plot 1 Lot 8

38 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF) (38 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

SFTS31 NO38 SFTS Plaque

For more information on RCAF Station Estevan see here

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Estevan SK

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Outram SK

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Chandler SK

  • Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial - 11 SFTS Yorkton History

  • Museum Vintage Wings - Ghosts Of Saskatchewan

  • 1942-04-01 Primary Location Estevan SK Canada Airport abandoned and completely removed now the site of a coal mine.
    1942-04-27 Relief Field Outram SK Canada Current returned to agriculture. Still visible on satellite imagery.
    1942-04-28 Relief Field Chandler SK Canada Approximate location turf runways returned to agriculture.

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