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Selway, Henry John (Sergeant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1944-02-23

Birth Date: 1915-01-01 (age 29)

Son of Irma Selway, of Toronto. Range

Home: Toronto, Ontario

19 SFTS- Service Flying Training School
Vulcan, Alberta, Canada
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
Two Anson aircraft were in a formation training flight and when in formation one aircraft came up from below. The aircraft were flying at 3,000 feet when they collided; they hit the ground and burned two miles north of Vulcan. Sgt J.D. Wyrzykowski was killed in aircraft JS 183 and Sgt Selway was killed in aircraft 7138.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Anson Mk. II 7138
  2. Anson Mk. II JS183

All the aircraft in the above list are in this report.

Google Map Mount Hope Cemetery, Canada
21 Sec 22 Grave 41

Crew on Anson Mk. II JS183

Avro Anson

Avro Anson Mk. V
Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum
The Museum's Anson Mk. V was built by MacDonald Brothers in Winnipeg in 1944. It flew with No. 7 Photographic Wing and No. 414 Squadron in Ottawa on photo survey work until the late 1940s. In 1956, it was purchased by INCO and used for mineral surveying until 1980, when it was donated to the Museum. The exterior is painted in the yellow colour common to all BCATP trainers and is in its same wartime RCAF markings.

The Avro Anson was known by a number of nicknames including "Faithful Annie" or "Flying Greenhouse". It was the first aircraft to be flown by the Royal Canadian Air Force to have a retractable undercarriage, which was a comparative novelty in 1936. In 1940, a Canadian government owned company, Federal Aircraft Limited, was created in Montreal to manufacture the Anson for Canadian use. Nearly 3,000 Anson aircraft were produced and, in the early days of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan (BCATP), the Anson was the standard trainer for many pilots, observers (navigators), wireless operators and bomb aimers. More than 20,000 aircrew received training on the Anson. In Canadian service, the aircraft was substantially re-designed with the substitution of North American engines and many other airframe and equipment changes. Harold Skaarup web pages

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

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RCAF On Strength (4404), RCAF 400 Squadron (6), Canadian Aircraft Losses (257)
last update: 2022-02-22 21:45:24

Anson Mk. II 7138

Delivered to stored reserve. Assigned to storage with Eastern Air Command on 10 August 1942, delivered on 21 October 1942. Assigned to No. 4 Training Command on 27 November 1942, delivered on 27 January 1943. Allocated to No. 10 Repair Depot at Calgary for inspection and repair, or scrapping on 25 February 1944, following a crash.
1942-03-17 Taken on Strength No. 3 Training Command 2019-08-20
1944-February-23 Accident: 19 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Selwau | Wyrzykowski
1944-03-22 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

Anson Mk. II JS183

To RCAF for BCATP use, retained RAF serial number.
1942-08-25 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-November-03 Accident: 19 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Grace | Tebbutt
1944-February-23 Accident: 19 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Selwau | Wyrzykowski
1944-04-01 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

19 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (19 Service Flying Training School)

Graduates of the EFTS "learn-to-fly" program went on a Service Flying Training School (SFTS) for 16 weeks. For the first 8 weeks the trainee was part of an intermediate training squadron; for the next 6 weeks an advanced training squadron and for the final 2 weeks training was conducted at a Bombing & Gunnery School. The Service schools were military establishments run by the RCAF or the RAF.

There were two different types of Service Flying Training Schools. Trainees in the fighter pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 14 Aylmer, where they trained in the North American Harvard or North American Yale. Trainees in the bomber, coastal or transport pilot stream went to an SFTS like No. 5 Brantford where they learned multi-engine technique in an Airspeed Oxford, Avro Anson or Cessna Crane.

Vulcan SFTS19 Patch

For More Information on RCAF Station Vulcan see here

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  • 1943-04-01 Primary Location Vulcan AB Canada Current site of Vulcan Airport CFX6
    1943-04-01 Relief Field Ensign AB Canada Abandoned returned to agriculture. Still visible on satellite imagery
    1943-04-02 Relief Field Champion AB Canada Aproximate location returned to agriculture

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