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Renaud, Lionel (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-October-19

Birth Date: 1918-May-10 (age 25)

Born: Cobalt, Ontario

Son of Alfred and Philomene Renaud, of Timmins, Ontario.

Home: Timmins, Ontario

Enlistment: North Bay, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1942-06-06

4 BGS- Bombing & Gunnery School
Fingal, Ontario, Canada
Leading Aircraftman
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
drogue operator
Service Numbers
Lysander aircraft 2427 was flying at 3,500 feet and was engaged in a routine drogue towing exercise when the port wing was severed by the drogue towing cable of another aircraft. The Lysander went into a spin and crashed near the aerodrome at Fingal. LAC L. Renaud and W/O N.T. Lavoie were killed.

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Crew on Lysander Mk. IIIA TT 2427

Westland Lysander

Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA
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Westland Aircraft of Yeovil, UK, started to design an Army Cooperation aircraft for the British Air Ministry, in June 1935. The first Lysander flew a year later and demonstrated a remarkable short field performance that today would be seen in a STOL aircraft. At the outbreak of war in September 1939, seven RAF squadrons equipped with Lysanders were sent to France in support of the British Army. In May-June 1940, 118 Lysanders were destroyed in action and 120 aircrew were killed or taken prisoner. These severe losses showed that the old ideas about army support aircraft were out of date and the future lay in fighters like the Hurricane.

The most daring use of Lysanders in WW II was with the Special Operations Executive, which supported the Resistance in German occupied France and Belgium, by flying in agents and picking up escapees. It was during these night operations, that the Lysander came into its own, using its remarkable STOL capabilities to fly into the small fields marked out by the Resistance.

The first Canadian built Lysanders rolled out of National Steel Car factory at Malton, Ontario in September 1939 and later were delivered to RCAF No. 110 (Army Co-operation) Squadron at Rockcliffe, Ontario. In February 1940, No. 110 became the first RCAF squadron to be ordered overseas to Britain, becoming No. 400 Sqn..

By late 1941, most Canadian built Lysanders had been transferred to the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), where they were used for target towing at gunnery training schools. National Steel Car, which became Victory Aircraft, stopped building Lysanders in September 1942, as it started to gear up to manufacture Lancaster bombers. 1,652 Lysanders were built between 1938 and 1943; 225 of them in Canada. Lysanders served with the RAF, RCAF and the RAAF, as well as the air forces of seven other nations. Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (329), RCAF 400 Squadron (1), Canadian Aircraft Losses (26)
last update: 2022-11-15 18:46:26

Lysander Mk. IIIA TT 2427

Taken on strength by No. 1 Training Command and assigned to No. 4 Bombing & Gunnery School, Fingal, Ontario. Struck off, after Category "A" damage on19 Oct 1943. During a gunnery mission, due to pilot error, #2427 struck the drogue cable of Lysander #1541, shearing off the starboard wing. #2427 then spun into the ground while the other a/c recovered safely. The a/c’s crew, WO2 N.T. Lavoie and LAC L. Renaud, were both killed.
1942-08-19 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-October-19 Accident: 4 Bomb & Gunnery School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Lavoie | Renaud
1943-10-19 Accident Category A 2022-01-13
1943-11-29 Struck off Strength 2022-01-13

4 BGS- Bombing & Gunnery School (4 Bomb and Gunnery School)

The Bombing and Gunnery School (B&GS) offered instruction in the techniques of bomb aiming and aerial machine gunnery to Air Observers, Bomb Aimers, and Wireless Air Gunners. These schools required large areas to accommodate their bombing and gunnery ranges, and were often located near water. The Avro Anson, Fairey Battle, Bristol Bolingbroke, and Westland Lysander were the standard aircraft used at B&GS schools.
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