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Todd, John Ewald (Leading Aircraftman)

Killed in Flying Accident 1942-August-07

Birth Date: 1922-August-21 (age 19)

Son of Alexander and Mary Ann Todd, of Semans.

Home: Semans, Saskatchewan

7 SFTS- Service Flying Training School
MacLeod, Alberta, 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

Anson aircraft 9688 was in the landing approach when it was in a mid-air collision south-east of the airfield at MacLeod, P/O W.G. Rannie and LAC J.E. Todd were killed in Anson 6958.

Confirmed by Court of Inquiry document in the Library and Archives Canada Service Files: Aircraft 9688 flown by LAC Kotelmach turned into wind in clear weather and let down into aircraft 6958 flown by P/O Ramie. Both aircraft then crashed to the ground locked together.

General Findings of Court of Inquiry

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)

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Anson Mk. I / III 6958
  2. Anson Mk. I N9688

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

Google Map Semans Cemetery, Canada
Plot 5 Block 3 Grave 4

Crew on Anson Mk. I / III 6958

There were no casulaties listed on Anson Mk. I N9688

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

YouTube Avro Anson History

YouTube Avro Anson Construction

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

Anson Mk. I / III 6958

Ex RAF AW746. Converted to Mk. III before delivery to RCAF. Assigned to No. 4 Training Command on 30 March 1942. Category A crash at Fort MacLeod, Alberta on 7 August 1942. Collided with Anson R9688 on approach to landing. Two students in this aircraft killed, instructor in other aircraft killed. Scrapped by No. 10 Repair Depot.
1941-09-16 Taken on Strength MacDonald Brothers Aircraft 2019-08-20
1942-August-07 Accident: 7 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Kotelmach | Rannie | Todd
1942-11-27 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares and produce 2019-08-20

Anson Mk. I N9688

Winter conversion kit installed during assembly at MacDonald Brothers. To No. 2 Training Command on 6 August 1941, for use by No. 33 Service Flying Training School at Carberry, Manitoba. To MacDonald Brothers from 6 July to 21 September 1942, probably for overhaul. To Eastern Air Command when completed, delivered there on 1 October 1942. Category A crash at Summerside on 29 October 1942. Assigned to No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB on 2 November 1942 for write off.
1941-04-07 Taken on Strength MacDonald Brothers Aircraft 2019-08-20
1942-January-26 Accident: 7 Air Observer School Loc: Fort Embina North Dakota Names: Fisher | Mallett | McCaw | Walker
1942-July-24 Accident: 7 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Nil
1942-August-07 Accident: 7 Service Flying Training School Loc: Aerodrome Names: Kotelmach | Rannie | Todd
1942-October-29 Accident: 1 General Reconnaissance School Loc: Conway Pei Names: Bennett | Harris | Reeves | Rudge
1943-01-12 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

7 SFTS- Service Flying Training School (7 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.

Avro Anson Training Flight

For More information on RCAF Station Fort McLeod see here

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  • 1940-12-01 Primary Location Fort McLeod AB Canada Currently the site of Fort Macleod Airport CEY3
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    1940-12-02 Relief Field Standoff AB Canada Approximate location grass runway returned to agriculture.

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