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Thomson, Ernest Cecil (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1941-12-05

Male Head

Birth Date: 1923-02-23 (age 18)

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. J. Thomson, of Wembley, Middlesex, England.

Service
RAFVR
Unit
37 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF)
Base
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Rank
Leading Aircraftman
Marshal
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
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Service Numbers
1387318
37 SFTS, Clagary, Alberta.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Find-A-Grave.com Find-A-Grave.com

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

Burial
Google Map Burnsland Cemetery, Canada
Lot 48 Block 7 Sec G

Airspeed Oxford

(Bob Brown Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Airspeed A.S. 10 Oxford Mk. II, RCAF (Serial No. AS277), 25, in flight over Saskatchewan, 1942.

The Airspeed AS.10 Oxford was a twin-engine monoplane aircraft developed and manufactured by Airspeed. It saw widespread use for training British Commonwealth aircrews in navigation, radio-operating, bombing and gunnery roles throughout the Second World War.

The Oxford was developed by Airspeed during the 1930s in response to a requirement for a capable trainer aircraft that conformed with Specification T.23/36, which had been issued by the British Air Ministry. Its basic design is derived from the company's earlier AS.6 Envoy, a commercial passenger aircraft. Performing its maiden flight on 19 June 1937, it was quickly put into production as part of a rapid expansion of the Royal Air Force (RAF) in anticipation of a large-scale conflict.

As a consequence of the outbreak of war, many thousands of Oxfords were ordered by Britain and its allies, including Australia, Canada, France, New Zealand, Poland, and the United States. Following the end of the conflict, the Oxford continued to achieve export sales for some time, equipping the newly formed air forces of Egypt, India, Israel, and Yugoslavia. It was considered to be a capable trainer aircraft throughout the conflict, as well as being used a general-purpose type. A large number of Oxfords have been preserved on static display. Wikipedia

YouTube Oxford Trainer

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Oxford Trainer

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (821), Canadian Aircraft Losses (168)
last update: 2021-09-27 15:31:03

Oxford Mk. II AS365

Taken on strength at No. 2 Elementary Flying Training School at Fort William, Ontario. To No. 4 Training Command on 1 October 1941, for use by No. 37 Service Flying Training School at Calgary, Alberta. Category A crash at Calgary aerodrome at 15:30 on 5 December 1941. Received a red flare while attempting to land with the gear up, one engine failed during attempted go around. LAC E.C. Thomson, RAF, 18 years old, killed. Scrapped by No. 10 Repair Depot.
1941-08-20 Taken on Strength No. 2 Training Command 2019-08-20
1941-December-05 Accident: 37 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Thomson
1943-06-11 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

37 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (RAF) (37 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.

Air Navigation Chart Calgary 1944

Noteable RAF Instructor pilots based at No. 37 SFTS during the war, was F/O Peter Middleton, the grandfather of Catherine Middleton who is now the Duchess of Cambridge and the wife of Prince William.

For More Information on RCAF Station Calgary see here

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - RCAF Station Calgary AB

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Airdrie AB

  • RCAF Roundel RCAF.Info - Relief Landing Field Inverlake AB

  • Museum Bomber Command Museum Of Canada - 37 SFTS

  • Calgary Wings SFTS37 History

  • General Clarence Simonsen - Calgary Wings 37 SFTS History.pdf

  • 1941-10-22 Primary Location Calgary AB Canada Current site of Calgary International Airport CYYC
    1941-10-22 Relief Field Airdrie AB Canada Current site of Airdrie Airport CEF4
    1941-10-23 Relief Field Inverlake AB Canada Approximate location. Turf runways returned to agriculture.

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