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Platson, Paul (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-July-22

Birth Date: 1915 (age 27)

Son of John and Anna Platson, of Winnipeg.

Home: Winnipeg, Manitoba

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Debert, Nova Scotia, Canada
Pilot Officer
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
Air Gunner
Service Numbers
31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia. P/O Platson was the only casualty when Hudson aircraft AM 766 crashed into some trees, during a radio range practice, at Wentworth, Nova Scotia.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

Google Map Elmwood Cemetery, Canada
Sec 12A Grave 1355

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. V AM766

Damaged at the Patricia Bay, BC aerodrome at 17:00 on 2 June 1941, reported by No. 120 (BR) Squadron. Originally classified Category A, but subsequently repaired? Not yet on RCAF books at this time, this may have been an RAF Category A incident. Probably ferrying to eastern Canada from California at this time. Category B damage at Dorval airport at 11:30 on 23 October 1941. To Trans-Canada Airlines for crash repairs on 1 November 1941, with 414:10 logged time. To No. 3 Training Command books on 3 November 1941. To Eastern Air Command on 27 April 1942. With No. 31 Operational Training Unit at Debert, NS when it crashed into trees near Henworth, NB (not found?) during radio range practice at 13:00 hrs on 22 Jul 1942 after an engine failure. One of the WAGs, Pilot Officer P. Platson was fatally injured. The rest of the crew, Pilot Officer S.H. Brown (pilot), Pilot Officer B.S. Walker (Observer) and Flight Sergeant R.C, Hopkinson (WAG) were all injured but survived. Airframe to No. 4 Repair Depot for scrapping on 24 Jul 1942
1941-06-26 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1941-October-23 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Dorval Airport Names: Brant | Golberg | Nussbaum | Triggs
1942-July-22 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Wentworth Nova Scotia Names: Brown | Hopkinson | Platsom | Walker
1942-10-23 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF) (31 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 RCAF Station at Debert, Nova Scotia can be found at
  • RAF Roundel - Debert, Nova Scotia

  • General History 31 OTU by Maj (Ret) G.D. Madigan

  • General Wall Of Honour NO31 OTU

  • 1941-06-03 Primary Location Debert NS Canada Currently site of Delbert Airport Ident CCQ3

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