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Nesbitt, James Edward (Aircraftman 1st Class)

Killed in Flying Accident 1940-June-10

Birth Date: 1907 (age 33)

Son of Hannah Nesbitt, of Saskatoon.

Home: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

1 (Comm) Sqn- Squadron
RCAF Stn Rockcliffe
Aircraftman 1st 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
aero engine mechanic
Service Numbers

RCAF Station, Rockcliffe, Ontario, Hudson I aircraft 770 formerly N7360 (RAF serial, RCAF serial was 770) was engaged in a communication flight from Ottawa to Toronto, Ontario when it crashed one mile east of Newtonville, Ontario, cause obscure

AC1 JE Nesbitt (RCAF), Flying Officer JJ Cotter (RCAF), AC1 OD Brownfield (RCAF) and VIP passenger, the Canadian Minister of National Defense, the Honorable Norman Rogers (MP for Kingston, ON) were all killed in the crash

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)

Google MapSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Google MapWoodlawn Cemetery Saskatoon
Block 83 Lot 24 Grave 10121

Hudson 770

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 I 770

Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7360. Assigned to RCAF Stn Ottawa on 20 May 1940. To No. 1 Training Command on 16 Jun 1940, still at Rockcliffe. In use with Air Force Headquarters Communications Flight (recently formed from No. 7 (GP) Sqn), RCAF Stn Rockcliffe, ON as a VIP transport when it crashed 1 mile east of Newtonville, ON at 12:15 on 10 Jun 1940, carrying Minister of Defence Norman MacLeod Rogers. Struck trees in a steep bank at high speed. No survivors. Was en route Rockcliffe to Toronto for the Minister to give a speech. May not have had RCAF serial marked by time of crash. Subsequent investigation faulted crew for pressing on into deteriorating weather, and faulted design of Hudson that made it impossible to maintain altitude in steep turns. Had just 48:55 airframe hours when it crashed.
1940-01-31 Taken on Strength No. 1 (E) Depot 2019-08-20
1940-11-04 Struck off Strength Category A Write off 2022-01-15

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