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McCulloch, William (Leading Airman (Acting))

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-June-09

Male Head

Birth Date: 1923 (age 18)

Son of Mrs. W. McCulloch, of Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Home: Paisley, Scotland UK

31 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF)
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Service Numbers
Died when Battle Aircraft - R3969 struck high tension lines when the pilot was deliberately low flying over the community of Seeleys Bay, Ontario. After striking the lines his aircraft struck a boat house killing a Grandfather and Grandson inside. The aircraft came to rest in the Bay.

YouTube Crash in Seeleys Bay

General Harvards Above, A book about 31 Service Flying Training School - In Memoriam

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Google MapPaisley, Scotland UK
Google MapMountain View Cemetery
Horne 2 Block 16 Plot 18 Lot 4

Battle R3969

Fairey Battle

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3199067)
Fairey Battle, RCAF (Serial No. 1639), wearing target towing stripes, used in bombing and gunnery training, July 1941.

The Fairey Battle is a British designed single engine light bomber, used as a trainer in the RCAF. The Battle was powered by the same high-performance Rolls-Royce Merlin piston engine that powered various contemporary British fighters including the Spitfire. It was, however significantly heavier, with its three-man crew and bomb load. Although it was a great improvement over the aircraft that preceded it, the Battle was relatively slow and limited in range. It was only armed with two .303 in machine guns facing the rear, and was found to be highly vulnerable to enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire.

The Fairey Battle participated in direct combat missions during early stages of the Second World War and earned the distinction of attaining the first aerial victory of an RAF aircraft in the war. In May 1940 the Battle suffered heavy losses, frequently in excess of 50 percent of aircraft sortied per mission. By the end of 1940 the type had been entirely withdrawn from active combat service, and was relegated to training units overseas, with many serving in Canada.

The RCAF received its first batch of eight Battles in August 1939, at RCAF Station Borden, Ontario. A total of 802 Battles were eventually delivered from England, serving in various roles and configurations, including dual-control trainers, target-tugs, and gunnery trainers for the Bombing and Gunnery schools of the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Canadian use of the Battle declined as more advanced aircraft, such as the Bristol Bolingbroke and the North American Harvard were introduced. Battles remained in RCAF service until shortly after the end of the war hostilities in 1945. No. 111, 115 and No. 122 Squadrons of the RCAF flew Battles.

Fairey Battles were not manufactured in Canada, but they were assembled, serviced and modified here, including the installation of turrets at the Canadian Car and Foundry plant in Montreal. Harold Skaarup web page with revisions

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Fairey Battle Bomber

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Fairey Battle - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (740), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (39), RCAC (1)
last update: 2023-04-25 23:23:58

Battle Mk. I R3969

TOS 21 Jan 1941 at De Havilland Canada, Downsview. To No. 1 Training Command on 19 Feb 1941, for use by No. 31 Service Flying Training School at Kingston, Ontario. Taxied into Yale #3429, Kingston, 2 Mar 1941. Category C7 damage at Kingston at 09:15 on 23 May 1941, pilot overcome by fumes; belly-landed, Kingston. Crashed into boat houses on Seeley Bay (south-east of Trenton), at 11:50 on 9 June 1941, cause not known. A/LA W. McCulloch and 2 people on ground killed. Record card notes "Authority required to remove aircraft to No. 31 Service Flying Training School, for examination impossible on site." SOS 8 Nov 1941 [150 hrs]. Cat A write-off.
1941-01-21 Taken on Strength de Havilland Canada 2019-08-20
1941-March-02 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Kingston Ontario Names: McLeod
1941-April-08 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Gananoque Landing Ground Names: Decruyenaere | Faulks
1941-May-23 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Kingston Names: Cox
1941-June-09 Accident: 31 Service Flying Training School Loc: Seeley Bay Ontario Names: McCulloch
1941-11-08 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2020-10-26

31 SFTS (31 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 Kingston ON

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