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Robinson, James (Flying Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-November-10

Birth Date: unkown date (age 44)

Son of Herbert and Jane Robinson, of Carrot Creek; husband of Mildred J. Robinson, of Jasper.

Husband of Mildred J. Robinson, of Jasper.

Home: Carrot Creek, Alberta

2 WS- Wireless School
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Flying 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
Service Numbers
4 Wireless School, Calgary, Alberta. Menasco Moth aircraft crashed.

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)

Crew on Moth, Menasco II 4833

de Havilland Menasco Moth DH82-C4

(DND Archives Photo, PCN-4631)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
de Havilland DH 82C2 Menasco Moth Mk. I (Serial No. 4861),
preserved with the Canada Air and Space Museum, Ottawa, Ontario.

In the event that U-boat attacks caused a break in supply of British-made engines to Canada, American-built Menasco engines were installed in some Canadian-built Tiger Moths. This is the major difference between the Menasco and de Havilland Tiger Moths. Because this engine could drive a large generator, most Menasco Moths were used for radio training.

The Menasco engine was not as powerful as the Gypsy engine, resulting in a somewhat reduced performance. This loss of power made the Menasco Moth a less than ideal pilot-training airplane and contributed to the Menasco Moth being used almost exclusively for radio training.

YouTube Features Menasco engined Tiger Moth

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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last update: 2023-06-12 18:03:35

Moth, Menasco II 4833

With No. 2 Wireless School at Calgary, Alberta at time of crash. Crashed in the school yard of Big Springs School (in the Simmonds Valley near Calgary, Alberta). Radio operator pupil, LAC Karl Mander Gravell, extracted himself from the wreckage, but re-entered the burning wreck to try to save the pilot. Both subsequently died of burns. LAC Gravell, was awarded the George Cross for his self sacrificing actions in trying to save Flying Officer Robinson and Mrs. F. Walsh, a teacher from the school, was awarded the George Medal for her heroic acts.
1941-03-11 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1941-November-10 Accident: 2 Wireless School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Gravell | Robinson
1942-08-18 Struck off Strength Struck off after crashing and burning on 10 November 1941. See comments. 2019-08-20

2 WS- Wireless School (2 Wireless School)

Trainees in the "Wireless Air Gunner" (WAG) stream spent 24 weeks at a Wireless Schoo learning the theory and application of wireless communications. This included signalling with lights and flags as well as radio. Their "WAG" training was completed with four weeks at a Bombing & Gunnery School.
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