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Miles, Richard Arthur DFC (Squadron Leader)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-March-06

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Birth Date: 1918 (age 25)

Son of Arthur John and Florence Mary Miles

husband of Dorothy Margaret Miles, of Milnthorpe.

Decorations: DFC

Distinguished Service Cross
36 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada
Squadron Leader
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

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Squadron Leader Richard Arthur Miles was cremated.

Hudson BW768

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 (2), Canadian Aircraft Losses (245), Canadian Ferried (1)
last update: 2021-12-21 01:36:53

Hudson Mk. III BW768

First assigned to No. 36 OTU at RCAF Stn Greenwood, NS. Struck a tree during single engine practice flying at 09:15 on 31 Aug 1942. Originally classified as Cat “C”, revised to Cat “B”. and repaired. On 6 Mar 1943, the a/c was being flown by an experienced flight commander on an advanced dual control instruction mission with only a student pilot on board. The a/c was last seen descending and never recovered from the dive striking a hill and was destroyed. Flight Lieutenant R.A Miles and Pilot Officer T.O. Proulx were both killed. Assigned to No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB on 8 Mar 1943, delivered there on 11 Mar 1943.
1942-03-16 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-August-31 Accident: 36 Operational Training Unit Loc: Aerodrome Names: Chamberlain | Ryder
1943-March-06 Accident: 36 Operational Training Unit Loc: 6 Mile North Of Greenwood Names: Miles | Proulx
1943-05-22 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

36 OTU (36 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. More information on the Air Force Station at Greenwood, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel - Greenwood, Nova Scotia

  • General NO36 OTU Roll Of Honor

    Museum Greenwod Military Aviation Museum Video History Of Greenwood

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