Anson aircraft # FP 845 caught fire and crashed three and one half miles east of the aerodrome at Claresholm. Warrant Officer Class 1 Pilot Archibald is buried in the North Battleford Cemetery at North Battleford, Saskatchewan.
P/O A.J. Goldie – listed as Royal Air Force in the memorial book and on the plaque.
(Goldie, Pilot Officer Adrian James; Royal Air Force; Service No. 188945; Age: 19 - Wednesday February 7, 1945 Pilot Officer Goldie, was the pilot of an Anson departing Claresholm at 09:00, on a training flight. Shortly after take-off the Anson caught fire, control was lost and it crashed 3-1/2 miles east of the airport.)
S/O R.J. Goodman / GOODMAN, ROSE JETTE S/O V30156. From New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. Killed Jan.26/43, age 23. GOODMAN, Cessna Crane aircraft 8739 was on a cross-country flight from Lethbridge to Claresholm when it crashed eight miles south-east of the aerodrome at Claresholm. S/O. Goodman was the only casualty and she was the first member of the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force to lose her life on active service. Section Officer Goodman is buried in the Outremont Hebrew Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec.
Multiple aircraft / Multiple fatality accident involving Gutteridge, Johnston, MacDonald and Sterns
LAC E.E. Gutteridge / GUTTERIDGE, EDWARD ERNEST LAC(P) R121025 - under training. From Calgary, Alberta. Killed Jul.8/42, age 22. GUTTERIDGE, Cessna Crane aircraft 8743 and Cessna Crane aircraft 8669 were engaged in a cross-country formation flying training exercise when they were in a mid-air collision. The aircraft crashed seventeen miles east of Carmangay, Alberta. LAC.s E.E. Guttridge and
R.G. Johnston were killed in aircraft 8669, LAC.s W.C. MacDonald and C.M. Stearns were killed in aircraft 8743. Leading Aircraftman Pilot Gutteridge is buried in the Burnside Cemetery at Calgary, Alberta.
LAC R.G. Johnston / JOHNSTON, ROBERT GUTHRIE LAC(P) R122066 - under training. From Vancouver, British Columbia. Killed Jul.8/42 age 19. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. Cessna Crane aircraft crashed. Please see Stearns C.M. for casualty list and flight detail. Leading AirCraftman Pilot Johnston is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at Vancouver, British Columbia.
LAC C.M. Stearns / STEARNS, CLAUDE
Zealand and other. We do not follow the order listed on the plaque to match fatalities where multiple fatalities occurred with one accident. Comments from the Bomber Command web page are included in italics and brackets where available.
WO1 V.G. Archibald / ARCHIBALD, VIVIAN GORDON HARRIS WO1(P) R62035.
From North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Killed Feb.7/45 age 29. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta.WO. Archibald and P/O. A.J. Goldie (RAF) were both killed when
When you look at the inscription on a memorial, cairn or grave stone, you just know that there is much more to the story of the person, place or event depicted. The internet has had a dramatic effect on our ability to find more about the stories but frequently the information is still not available on the net. That is when we resort to good old fashioned sources – like books. In the case of Royal Canadian Air Force operational and training fatalities during World War II, an authoritative source of information is the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum’s memorial book ``They Shall Grow Not Old.’’
In our previous Canada 150 vignette, we talked about RCAF operations at No. 15 Service Flying Training School at Claresholm Alberta during World War II. Inspired by a picture of a memorial plaque in the Town of Claresholm as seen on the Bomber Command web site while researching the first vignette, we will see what kind of stories we can find behind the names on the plaque using the memorial book and Bomber Command Museum web site from which, stories were copied verbatim.
``The British Commonwealth Air Command’’
A close examination of the Claresholm memorial plaque reveals the following names. At the top, the Commanding Officers of No. 15 SFTS Claresholm are listed. They were Squadron Leader S.A. Buswell, Wing Commander N.L. Campbell, Wing Command R.F. Gladden, Squadron Leader F.R. Handy, Group Captain W.E. Kennedy and Squadron Leader C.V. Mark. The name of a temporary commander at No. 17 SFTS Fort McLeod Alberta, Wing Commander D.D. Atkinson, is also included.
Next on the plaque are the names of fatalities from No. 15 SFTS Claresholm or those with a connection to Claresholm. They are listed by nationality on the plaque – Canada, Australia, New
Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum
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British Commonwealth Air Training Plan - Training
Claresholm AB BCATP Casualties
They Shall Grow Not Old
The Commonwealth Air Training Plan Memorial Book ``They Shall Grow Not Old’’ was a project completed by museum volunteers Harry Hayward and Les Allison with help from others. It provides the individual circumstances of the 18000+ men and women killed while in service to the Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadians in service to the Fleet Air Arm and Royal Air Force, and all others who were killed while involved with training in the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Each entry gives a biography of the person who died and the circumstance by which their fatality occurred. The entries are based on the actual reports kept by the RCAF during the war. Two printings yielded total sales of 3500 books. The memorial book played a large part in the creation of the RCAF Memorial Wall at the CATP Museum by inspiring museum members to get behind the project and provide the information needed for the inscriptions. ``They Shall Grow Not Old’’ is one of the greatest accomplishments of the museum.
LAC C.M. Stearns / STEARNS, CLAUDE MACDONALD LAC(P) R131519 - under training. From Calgary, Alberta. Killed Jul.8/42 age 22. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. Cessna Crane aircraft # 8743 and Cessna Crane aircraft # 8669 were engaged in a cross-country formation flying training exercise when they were in a mid-air collision. The aircraft crashed seventeen miles east of Carmangay, Alberta. LAC.s E.E. Guttridge and R.G. Johnston were killed in aircraft # 8669, LAC.s W.C. MacDonald and Stearns were killed in aircraft # 8743. Leading AirCraftman Pilot Stearns is buried in the Burnsland Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta.
LAC W.C. MacDonald – Royal Australian Air Force.MACDONALD LAC(P) R131519 - under training. From Calgary, Alberta. Killed Jul.8/42 age 22. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. Cessna Crane aircraft # 8743 and Cessna Crane aircraft # 8669 were engaged in a cross-country formation flying training exercise when they were in a mid-air collision. The aircraft crashed seventeen miles east of Carmangay, Alberta. LAC.s E.E. Guttridge and R.G. Johnston were killed in aircraft # 8669, LAC.s W.C. MacDonald and Stearns were killed in aircraft # 8743. Leading AirCraftman Pilot Stearns is buried in the Burnsland Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta.
LAC S.T. Monroe or Morrow is shown on the plaque – it is a bit of a mystery as there is no mention on the Bomber Command web page and entry for these names at Claresholm in the memorial book. There is a Hugh Francis Morrow who was killed in Europe and was trained at Claresholm.
LAC S.M. Rodgers / RODGERS, SAMUEL MURRAY LAC(P) R109115. From Calgary, Alberta. Killed Feb.23/42 age 19. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. LAC. Rodgers was flying his Cessna Crane aircraft # 8747 in solo formation practise when he broke formation without apparent reason. He circled low and then crashed one and one half miles north of Parkland, Alberta. Leading Aircraftman Pilot Rodgers is buried in the Burnside Cemetery at Calgary, Alberta.
Single aircraft - multiple fatality accident
P/O W.A. Sparks / SPARKS, WILMOT ARTHUR P/O(P) J44567. From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Killed Aug.28/44 age 31. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. P/O. Sparks and F/O. L. Bauer (RAAF) were engaged in aerobatics when their Harvard aircraft # FH 128 went into a dive at 3,000 feet. The aircraft did not come out of the dive and both airmen were killed when they crashed six miles east of Stavely, Alberta. Pilot Officer Pilot Sparks is buried in the Regina Cemetery at Regina, Saskatchewan.
F/O L. Bauer was Royal Australian Air Force.
(Bauer, Flying Officer, Louis Walter Allan; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 437247; Age: 29 - Monday August 28, 1944 Flying Officer Bauer and Pilot Officer A.W. Sparks of Saskatoon, SK died when their Harvard trainer crashed 6 miles east of Stavely. The body of Pilot Officer Sparks was returned to Saskatoon.)
Single aircraft – multiple fatality accident
F/S L.J. Tame / TAME, LESLIE JOHN FS R166793. From Vancouver, British Columbia Jan.21/45 age 35. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. FS. Tame was a Link Trainer Instructor and was killed when Anson aircraft 8627, engaged in a low level navigation exercise, collided with a ferry cable which was suspended 25 feet above the ice. The aircraft crashed onto the river ice ten miles south of Bassano, Alberta also killing P/O. K.L. Sutton (RAF) and LAC. I.R. Vidler (RAAF). Flight Sergeant Tame is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery at Vancouver, British Columbia.
P/O K.L. Sutton was Royal Air Force. – (Sutton, Pilot Officer Kenneth Leslie; Royal Air Force; Service No. 195512; Age:21 - Sunday January 25, 1945 LAC Vidler, Pilot Officer Sutton, and Flight Sergeant L.J. Tame of Vancouver, died when their aircraft struck a ferry cable over the Bow River near Bassano. The body of Flight Sergeant Tame was returned to Vancouver.)
LAC I.R. Vidler was Royal Australian Air Force - (Vidler, Leading Aircraftsman Ian Robert; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 118598; Age: 20)
RCAF not on plaque but in memorial book and Bomber Command web site
MCHARDY, MALCOLM SGT(P) R86572. From Lac La Biche, Alberta. Killed Aug.7/44 age 25. #1 Air Observer School, Malton, Ontario. Sgt.s M. McHardy and W.I. Bruce were assigned to Anson aircraft W 1729 and were engaged in mutual instrument practise when they crashed two miles north of Markham, Ontario. Both airmen were killed in the crash. Sergeant Pilot McHardy is buried in the Claresholm Cemetery at Claresholm, Alberta.
(McHardy, Sergent Malcolm; Royal Canadian Air Force; Service No. R/86572; Age: 25 - On Monday August 7, 1944 at 09:30 AM, Sergeant McHardy, was on routine instrument practise from AOS #1 Malton, ON. (Air Observer School) with Sergent W.J. Bruce RCAF. Weather was clear with unlimited visibility when there was an explosion in their Anson followed by the aircraft breaking up in the air. Both pilots were killed instantly.)
Royal Air Force
Sgt. N.C. Holt – no information in memorial book.
(Sunday April 26, 1942 Pilot Officer Holt, originally from Horfield, Bristol, England, arrived in Claresholm from S.F.T.S. 35 in North Battleford, SK. - On Wednesday April 29, at 10:30 AM, while in the front seat of a Tiger Moth, accompanied by Pilot Officer Jamieson RAF in the rear seat, the aircraft went down out of control from a height of about 350 feet, seven miles East of Stavely. P.O. Jamieson recovered from his injuries, and P.O. Holt was dead at the scene.)
Royal Australian Air Force
LAC A.R. Baker – no information in memoria book.
(Baker, Leading Aircraftsman Alwyn Royce; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 439637; Age: 19) -
On Thursday July 20, 1944 the Anson aircraft carrying the three Australians (F/S McKittrick, LAC Bennett and LAC Baker crashed 2-1/2 miles northeast of Arrowwood. Cause of accident was investigated but the outcome wasn’t reported.
LAC W.L. Brighton – no information in memorial book.
(Brighton, Leading Aircraftsman William Lawrence; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 427842; Age:22 - Saturday October 30, 1943 LAC Brighton was on a solo cross country flight the aircraft crashed in the Arrowwood area.)
AC2 J.R. Berglund – no information in memorial book.
LAC I.H. Bennet – no information in memorial book.
(Bennett Leading Aircraftsman, Leon Herbert Bernard; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 439559; Age: 19)
F/S J.C. McKittrick – no information in memorial book.
(McKittrick, Flight Sergeant Jack Curtis; Royal Australian Air Force; Service No. 422869; Age: 23)
Others – unable to make-out country name on plaque.
ACR J.R. Berglund – no information in memorial book.
ACI C.W. Odell – no information in memorial book.
Not listed on the plaque but reported in the Bomber Command web site and reported in the memorial book
LOCKHART, JOHN LAC R81706. From Cardross, Dunbarton, Scotland. Died Jul.5/42 age 33. #15 Service Flying Training School, Claresholm, Alberta. Death by drowning in Willow Creek, near Claresholm, Alberta. Leading AirCraftman Lockhart is buried in the Claresholm Cemetery, Claresholm, Alberta.
(Leading Aircraftsman Lockhart was born in Cardross Dunbartonshire, Scotland. He is listed as Canadian, however I am unable to locate where he lived or joined the RCAF. On Sunday July 5, 1942 LAC Lockhart, who had just arrived in Claresholm Friday July 3, from S.F.T.S. 11 in Yorkton, SK, went swimming in Willow Creek, and accidentally drowned.)
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