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Taylor, Selby Fred (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-December-09

Birth Date: 1924 (age 19)

Son of William and Vevanda Taylor, of Oak Bay.

Home: Victoria, British Columbia

24 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School
Abbotsford, British Columbia,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
Service Numbers
LAC Taylor was flying Cornell aircraft 15248 and made a sharp turn shortly after takeoff. He was killed when the aircraft crashed at the north-east edge of the airport at Abbotsford.

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Fairchild Cornell

Fairchild Cornell Mk. II
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In early 1942, an agreement was signed between the Canadian Government and Fairchild Aircraft, which licenced Fleet Aircraft of Fort Erie, Ontario to construct the PT-26 Cornell in Canada. The first 800 Cornells used by the RCAF were supplied from Fairchild, until production commenced at Fort Erie in November 1942. By the end of the war in 1945, 2,853 Cornells had been built by Fleet - 1,565 for the RCAF and 1,288 for the RAF.

PT-26 Cornells were flown at many of the Elementary Flying Training Schools (EFTS) of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, where they replaced the Fleet Finch and the de Havilland Tiger Moth biplane trainers. After the Second World War, many Cornells were sold to the civilian market, but some were retained by the RCAF, where they were finally retired in 1948. CWPHM

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (1590), Canadian Aircraft Losses (54)
last update: 2021-08-30 13:45:56

Cornell Cornell III 15248

With No. 24 Elementary Flying Training School at Abbotsford, BC whenit crashed on the airfield at 10:20 on 9 December 1943. LAC S.F. Taylor, only occupant, Killed. This was first fatal crash at 24 EFTS.
1943-09-20 Taken on Strength 2022-02-07
1943-December-09 Accident: 24 Elementary Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Taylor
1944-02-09 Struck off Strength 2022-02-07

24 EFTS- Elementary Flying Training School (24 Elementary Flying Training School)

An Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) gave a trainee 50 hours of basic flying instruction on a simple trainer like the De Havilland Tiger Moth, Fleet Finch, or Fairchild Cornell over 8 weeks.Elementary schools were operated by civilian flying clubs under contract to the RCAF and most of the instructors were civilians. For example, No. 12 EFTS Goderich was run by the Kitchener-Waterloo Flying Club and the County of Huron Flying Club.The next step for a pilot was the Service Flying Training School.

More Information on RCAF Station Abbotsford available here

  • RCAF Roundel - RCAF Station Abbotsford BC

  • RCAF Roundel - Relief Landing Field Sumas BC

  • 1943-09-06 Primary Location Abbotsford BC Canada Now the site of Abbotsford International Airport CYXX
    1943-09-06 Relief Field Sumas BC Canada

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