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Smith, Earl George (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-July-26

Birth Date: unkown date (age unknown)

Son of George D. Smith, and of Martha C. Smith, of Fitchburg, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

31 OTU- Operational Training Unit (RAF)
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
Service Numbers

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Hudson FK539

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. VI FK539

Used by No. 31 OTU at Debert, NS. Cat "A" crash at Mabou, NS (on the west coast of Cape Breton Island) on 6 Aug 1943. The a/c was on a navigation exercise and went missing with a crew of five. Pilot Officer R.J. Parr (pilot), Pilot Officer H. Smith (nav), Flight Sergeant C.O. Legroulx (WAG), Flight Sergeant J.M.C. L'Heureux (WAG) and Warrant Officer Class 1 A.A. McLeod (Staff WAG) were all killed. To No. 4 Repair Depot on 7 Aug 1943, for salvage.

1942-09-29 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1943-July-26 Accident: 31 Operational Training Unit Loc: Mabou Mtnorth Cape Breton Names: L'heureux | Legroulx | McLeod | Parr | Smith
1943-11-04 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

31 OTU (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

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