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SNELL, Eugene Estes (First Lieutenant)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-February-14

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Birth Date: 1906 (age 37)

Home: Hot Springs, Arkansas USA

US Army
145 Sqn- Squadron
Service Numbers
145 Bomber Reconnaissance Squadron (Furor Non Sine Frenis). The crew of Hudson aircraft 771 were on a navigational training flight between Torbay, Newfoundland and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia when they crashed eleven miles from RCAF Station, Dartmouth. The crew of Pilot Officer T.A. Watterson, FS R.C. Rolfe and Warrant Officer Stick, and passengers Flight Lieutenant J.T. Hook, Flying Officer W.H. Thompson, and U.S. Army Lt Snell were also killed. The aircraft was not found until Nov 6/44. Lt Snell was buried in the Little Rock National Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas on 25th November 1944

This incident involved multiple aircraft:

  1. Hudson I Serial: 771
  2. Hudson I Serial: 771
  3. Hudson I Serial: 771
  4. Hudson I Serial: 771

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

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Hudson 771

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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.

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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 I 771

Diverted from RAF order, tested and delivered marked with RAF serial N7370. With No. 11 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Dartmouth, NS when this unit transferred to Eastern Air Command on 1 April 1940. Later with No. 145 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Torbay, Newfoundland. Flew this squadron's first operation, patrol on 2 June 1942. Crashed 14 February 1943, while on a navigation exercise from Torbay to Dartmouth. Came down 11 miles from Dartmouth. Wreckage not located until November 1943. 6 fatalities, including US Army passenger.
1940-02-10 Taken on Strength No. 11 (BR) Squadron 2019-08-20
1943-February-14 Accident: 145 Squadron Loc: Between Torbay & Dartmouth Names: Hook | Rolfe | Snell | Stick | Thompson | Watterson
1943-February-14 Accident: 145 Squadron Loc: Between Torbay & Dartmouth Names: Hook | Rolfe | Snell | Stick | Thompson | Watterson
1943-10-20 Struck off Strength Struck off at No. 21 Sub-Repair Depot 2019-08-20

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