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McIntaggart, Russell George (Warrant Officer 2nd Class)

Killed in Action 1943-07-31

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Birth Date: 1915-01-19 (age )

Home: Penetanguishene, Ontario

20 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF)
Facta Non Verba (Deeds not words)
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

W/O McIntaggart was serving with 20 Squadron (Facta Non Verba), out of Kalyan airfield, NE of Bombay (now Mumbai) India . He lost his life when Hurricane aircraft KW 749 struck a hillside in bad weather near Khandala, India, en route to Poona (now Pune). The crash appears to have been near Khandala

McIntaggart had previously been involved in an aircraft accident. On 3 February 1943 he was operating with #28 Squadron RAF in an army co-operation role, when returning from a Tac recce flight, his aircraft (Hurricane BW912) was diverted to Bawli Bazar, Burma. On landing he hit a soft spot on the aerodrome and the aircraft overturned. The aircraft was later repaired. And lost with another pilot.

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 Russell George McIntaggart was exhumed and reburied.

Hawker Hurricane

Hawker Hurricane Mk IIc.
Source BBMF

The Hawker Hurricane is a single-seat fighter aircraft of the 1930s"“1940s that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. for service with the Royal Air Force (RAF). The Hurricane developed through several versions, as bomber-interceptors, fighter-bombers, and ground support aircraft in addition to fighters. Versions designed for the Navy were popularly known as the Sea Hurricane, with modifications enabling their operation from ships. Some were converted to be used as catapult-launched convoy escorts. By the end of production in July 1944, 14,487 Hurricanes had been completed in Britain and Canada.

A major manufacturer of the Hurricane was Canadian Car and Foundry at their factory in Fort William (now Thunder Bay), Ontario. The facility's chief engineer, Elsie MacGill, became known as the "Queen of the Hurricanes". The initiative was commercially led rather than governmentally, but was endorsed by the British government; Hawker, having recognized that a major conflict was all but inevitable after the Munich Crisis of 1938, drew up preliminary plans to expand Hurricane production via a new factory in Canada. Under this plan, samples, pattern aircraft, and a complete set of design documents stored on microfilm, were shipped to Canada; the RCAF ordered 20 Hurricanes to equip one fighter squadron and two more were supplied to Canadian Car and Foundry as pattern aircraft but one probably did not arrive. The first Hurricane built at Canadian Car and Foundry was officially produced in February 1940. As a result, Canadian-built Hurricanes were shipped to Britain to participate in events such as the Battle of Britain. Canadian Car and Foundry (CCF) was responsible for the production of 1,451 Hurricanes. Wikipedia and Harold A Skaarup Web Page

YouTube Hurricane

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Hurricane

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

Kestrek Publications Hurricane - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (454), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (358)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:11:03

Hurricane IID KW749

KW749 was part of the 8th batch of Hurricanes produced by Hawker's, Kingston-on-Thames and Langley. It served with #20 Squadron (Facta Non Verba), at Kalyan airfield, near Bombay (now Mumbai) India . It struck a hillside in bad weather on its way to Poona (now Pune), India

20 (F) Sqn- Squadron (RAF) Facta Non Verba

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