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Richards, Elmer Oscar (Flight Lieutenant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-December-11

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Birth Date: 1915-March-16 (age 27)

Son of Oscar R. Richards and Winnifred H. Richards, of Washago

husband of Thelma Joyce Richards, of Toronto.

Home: Washago, Ontario

36 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
Greenwood, Nova Scotia, Canada
Flight Lieutenant
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
36 Operational Training Unit. ,Flight Lieutenant Richards and Sergeant H.L. Wilkins (RAF) were both killed when Hudson aircraft BW 410 crashed.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Google MapWashago, Ontario
Google MapProspect Cemetery
West half Sec 1 Civil Grave 601

Hudson BW410

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 BW410

Delivered to Debert, NS with TC. Coded “L2” Crashed at 17:25 hrs on 11 Dec 1942, while taking off from No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB, with passengers and parts en route back to No. 36 OTU at RCAF Stn Greenwood, NS. Flight Lieutenant E.O. Richards (pilot) and Flight Sergeant H.L.J. Wilkins were killed and LAC M.J. Morrison was severely injured. The precise cause was not determined.
1942-08-04 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1942-December-11 Accident: 36 Operational Training Unit Loc: Scoudouc Names: Morrison | Richards | Wilkins
1943-04-16 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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