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#Name* (↑)First NamesTitleRankRAF Equivalent RankService No.BornNationalityRoleAwardsAir Force (↑)Command (↑)Unit (↑)DateofIncident *See Note (↑)Aircraft (↑)TypeSerialCodeVictories (Fighters)BaseTimeMission                        Incident                        FateCommemoratedPhoto (Click to Expand)Referring DatabaseLinks/Archive Reports                        Notes                        
1 AistropCharles SidneyFlight LieutenantJ/13484CanadianPilotAFC
RCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-06TyphoonIbMN805I8-DB-78 Eindhoven08:30Armed recceFailed to pull out of dive into target. Crashed near GeldernKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 25. F. 16. Germany
Accident Report
2 AllmanLeonard RalphFlying OfficerJ/13588CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-06TyphoonIbMN428I8-ZRAF Hurn20:00Armed reccePulled away from squadron to locate and escort a damaged flight mate. Hit by flak, parachute caught on aircraft, perished in crash near Mauvieu, Calvados, France.KilledBeny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers, Xiii. H. 13. France
Accident Report
3 BernierHubert Roland BernierFlying OfficerJ/18676CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-24TyphoonIbMN457I8-RRAF Hurn21:50Armed recceTaxied into a parked aircraft damaging bothUninjuredAccident report
4 ByersHaroldFlight LieutenantJ/13485CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-23TyphoonIbRB325I8-XB-78 Eindhoven15:00Armed recceHit by flak diving into target, aircraft engulfed in flames, perished in crash near Dremmen, GermanyKilledNederweert War Cemetery, IV. A. 8. Netherlands
Accident report
5 ColvilleJohn SpencerFlying OfficerJ/29167CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-18TyphoonIbMN929I8-B-9 Lantheuil15:25Armed recceHit by flak at low altitude over target. Pilot abandonned aircraft but parachute failed to open.KilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xix. A. 6. France.
Accident Report
6 CordickJohn MorganFlying OfficerJ/40775CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-19TyphoonIbMN801I8-B-78 Eindhoven09:35Armed recceHit by flak while still bomb laden during dive bombing attack. Aircraft exploded in mid air.KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 20. G. 15. Germany.
Accident Report
7 CrowleyFrancis JosephFlying OfficerJ/26914CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-23TyphoonIbMN637I8-YRAF Hurn17:10Armed recceHit by flak. Abandoned aircraft off Cherbourg peninsulaRescued Accident report
8 CrowleyFrancis JosephFlying OfficerJ/26914CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-11TyphoonIbMP124I8-AB-78 Eindhoven16:00Armed recceHit by intense light flak immediately after releasing his bombs. Aircraft exploded in mid air.KilledStaphorst (Rouveen) New General Cemetery, Grave 1
Accident report
9 CrowleyFrancis JosephFlying OfficerJ/26914CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-10TyphoonIbMN796I8-B-58 Melsbroek11:00Armed recceEngine seized at 2500 feet on climb out from base. Touched down short of the runway with a single main landing gear partially down. Aircraft flipped on its back, bounced once and caught fire.InjuredAccident report
10 CummingDuncan HerbertFlying OfficerJ/25086CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbMN665I8-XB-78 Eindhoven12:35Armed recceShot down by a Fw-190KilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Xv. F. 15. Netherlands
Accident report
11 DavidsonRobert Tremayne PillsburyWing Commander39968CanadianPilotDFC

Croix de Guerre (France)

US Air Medal
RAFFighter438 Sqd RCAF

143 Wing RCAF
1944-05-08TyphoonIbMM957F3-N5RAF HurnBombingSuffered engine failure during an attack on the Douai marshalling yards, force landed and evaded capture from the enemy. He served with the French resistance until 5 September when he was able to rejoin allied lines.Evaded Accident reportAircraft was from 438 Sqd but pilot was the RAF WingCo "flying" of 143 Wing RCAF (438, 439 & 440 Sqds). W/C Davisdon transferred to the RCAF on 12 Dec 1944 with new S/N C89519.
12 DewarJohn FraserFlying OfficerJ/28180CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-12TyphoonIbMP122I8-B-9 Lantheuil18:10Armed recceHit by flak while bombing bridge. aircraft burst into flames and crashed.KilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Xxvii. F. 2. France
Accident Report
13 DoidgeRonald WilliamPilot OfficerJ/26406CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-07TyphoonIbMN257I8-DRAF Hurn08:25RamrodHit by flak, aircraft abandoned near Caen, rescued.Rescued Accident report
14 DoidgeRonald WilliamFlying OfficerJ/26406CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-20TyphoonIbPD469I8-EB-78 Eindhoven08:30Armed recceHit by intense light flak, exploded in mid air. Crashed near NijverdalKilledHellendoorn General Cemetery, Grave 15. Netherlands.
Accident report
15 DuncanJack LindsayPilot OfficerJ/90433USAPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-21TyphoonIbPD523I8-YB-78 Eindhoven10:35Armed recceDamaged by flak, crash landed behind enemy lines and was captured. Tortured by the Gestapo.PoW Accident report
16 DunkeldWilliam ThomasFlying OfficerJ/25085USAPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbPD462I8-KB-78 Eindhoven12:35Armed recceShot down by a Fw-190 of 3. Staffel/JG 3KilledJonkerbos War Cemetery, Grave 8. D. 3. Netherlands
Accident report
17 FlanaganEdward TheodorePilot OfficerJ/89136CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-01TyphoonIbMN569I8-B-78 Eindhoven09:20Armed recceWounded by bomb blast while taxiing during the Luftwaffe air raid on the airfield (Bodenplatte)Injured Accident report
18 FlintoftJohn DavidsonFlying OfficerJ/37127CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-24TyphoonIbPD592I8-LB-78 Eindhoven11:30Armed recceDuring attack dive near Enschede, hit by flak in cooling system. Crash landed in field near Hengelo NL.Evaded capture Accident reportHidden by Dutch locals in Hengelo private homes until 1 April when he reported (with 3 German prisonners in tow) to British troops liberating the town.
19 FromboloAnthonyFlying OfficerJ/28761USAPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-28TyphoonIbMP183I8-HB-78 Eindhoven11:35Armed recceHit by flak before reaching target, abandoned aircraft near Papenbeek NLPoW Accident report
20 GarsideStanley VincentFlight LieutenantJ/5068CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-07TyphoonIbMN548I8-FRAF Hurn08:20Armed recceShot down by flak and small arms fire at low altitude. Pilot was unable to abandon aircraft prior to impact with the ground.KilledCommemorated Bayeux War Cemetery, Xv. E. 21. France
Accident report
21 GibbsWilliam RobertFlying OfficerJ/27239CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-28TyphoonIbRB338I8-B-78 Eindhoven10:25Armed recceHit by flak, starboard wing caught fire, crashed near GochKilledRunnymede Memorial, Panel 279. United Kingdom
Accident report
22 GohlJames GarfieldFlight LieutenantJ/8356CanadianPilotM.I.D.

Air Medal (USA)
RCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-12TyphoonIbMN115I8-RAF Hurn21:50Ground strikes - FranceEngine cutting out, abandoned aircraft at low altitude over English Channel 2 miles South of Christchurch. Flight mates witnessed his lifeless body sink.KilledRunnymede Memorial. Panel 244
Accident reportArchive Report
23 GordonJohn Alexander DouglasFlying OfficerJ/27210CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-03TyphoonIbJR431I8-RAF Hurn17:30Anti-ShippingHit by flak from 4 enemy gunships protecting a beached destroyer. Engine seized, just cleared cliffs on RTB and crash landed short of runway at RAF PredannackSafe Accident Report
24 GordonNelson LeslieFlight SergeantR/176568CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-26TyphoonIbMN403I8-JB-9 Lantheuil18:00BombingHit by flak in cooling system, abandoned near CaenSafe Accident reportLater commisioned SN J/88818 KIFA 1 Feb 1945 at 56 OTU
25 GordonNelson LeslieFlight SergeantR/176568CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-09-09TyphoonIbMN817I8-B-58 Melsbroek13:25Armed recceHit by flak, glycol leak, force landed successfully near BrusselsSafe Accident reportLater commisioned SN J/88818 KIFA 1 Feb 1945 at 56 OTU
26 GrayRobert McLaurinFlying OfficerJ/41885CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-28TyphoonIbMN581I8-B-78 Eindhoven10:45Armed recceHit in port wing just outside of bomb rack by very accurate (radar directed) light flak through 10/10 cloud cover. Pilot jettisoned bombs and returned to base for an emergency landing.SafeAccident report
27 HardyHarry James HenryFlying OfficerJ/59025CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-25TyphoonIbMP149I8-PB-78 Eindhoven11:05Armed recceHit by flak, abandoned aircraft near EindhovenSafe Accident Report
28 HarwoodCharles Frederick JosephFlying OfficerJ/17954CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-24TyphoonIbMN453I8-B-78 Eindhoven12:20Armed recceHit by light flak while straffing, crashed near SchleidenKilledRheinberg War Cemetery, Grave 14. D. 6. Germany
Accident Report
29 HattieRobert GerrardFlying OfficerJ/35428CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-23TyphoonIbMN171I8-ERAF Hurn22:00Armed recceHit by a direct flak hit at 5000 feet and burst into flames. Pilot baled out safely and landed just inside allied lines.Safe Accident ReportPilot parachuted near Juvigny next to an advanced American airfield where he boarded a UK-bound C-47 allowing him to return to his unit within 14 hours.
30 HattieRobert GerrardFlying OfficerJ/35428CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-17TyphoonIbMN715I8-B-9 Lantheuil18:20Armed recceHit by a direct flak hit and burst into flames. Pilot abandoned aircraft near Maltot SW of Caen.Injured / Burned Accident reportPilot parachuted just inside allied lines and was rescued by members of the 15th Scottish Division. He suffered burns to his face and shrapnel wounds to his left wrist and right leg. His wounds warranted his removal from operations and repatriation to Canada.
31 HicksClifford WaldronFlight LieutenantJ/26912CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-08TyphoonIbMN313I8-B-9 Lantheuil10:45BombingTook a direct flak hit in the bombing dive, burst into flames, exploded in mid air.KilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Xii. H. 1. France
Accident report
32 JenveyDonald EdwardFlight LieutenantJ/11309CanadianPilotDFC

MiD
RCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-29TyphoonIbRB201I8-LB-78 Eindhoven13:30Armed recceHit by flak, crash landed at Gronau, Germany. He evaded capture for weeks making his way into the Netherlands but his location was betrayed to authorities. He was shot while trying to evade capture on March 25th.KilledEnschede Eastern General Cemetery, Grave 191. Netherlands
Accident ReportThe Typhoon Project
33 KearsePercy HaroldFlying OfficerJ/25840CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-01-21TyphoonIbPD601I8-XB-78 Eindhoven13:10Armed recceHit by flak, exploded in mid air near MontfoortKilledJonkerbos War Cemetery, Grave 18. F. 6. Netherlands.
Accident report
34 LippertJohn WilliamFlying OfficerJ/27245CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-30TyphoonIbMN7932I8-ZB-9 Lantheuil15:15A&E Test FlightWent into a shallow dive from 10,000 feet and crashed near GrainvilleKilledBretteville-Sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Grave Xxi. E. 5. France
Accident ReportA problem with the oxygen system and/or carbon monoxyde poisoning was suspected as no enemy activity was observed.
35 MahaganWilfred JosephFlight LieutenantJ/11280CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-06-07TyphoonIbMN307I8-RAF Hurn08:10Armed recceShot down by flak and small arms fire. Abandonned aircraft too low for proper parachute deployment. Aircraft then exploded in mid air.KilledNoyers-Bocage Old Churchyard, Calvados, France
Accident report
36 McCarthyWalter JosephFlight LieutenantJ/11325USAPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-03-02TyphoonIbMN380I8-SB-78 Eindhoven12:00Armed recceDamaged by flak, crash landed at home base veering off runway and flipping over.SafeAccident report
37 McConveyCarl JosephWarrant Officer Class IIR/148645CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-06TyphoonIbMN703I8-LB-9 Lantheuil19:20Armed recceVeered off runway on take-off and crashed into a parked Typhoon of 438 Squadron. His bomb load exploded on impact killing him and two 438 Sqn mechanics.KilledBeny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetary, Calvados France. Grave XII. F. 7.
Accident reportReceived a posthumous backdated commission to Pilot Officer with new service number J/88446
38 McCurdyRoger Eugene GeorgeFlying OfficerJ/21517CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-13TyphoonIbMN720I8-B-9 Lantheuil17:30Armed recceHit by flak, crashed in commune of Le Mesnil-Villement, Calvados, FranceKilledBayeux War Cemetery, Grave XV. M. 25., Calvados, France
Accident Report
39 MilneRamsay HerbertFlying OfficerJ/16142CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-08-19TyphoonIbMN154I8-B-9 Lantheuil13:25Armed recceShot down by flak, baled successfully behind enemy lines and was captured.PoW Accident report
40 MitchellKenneth OsbornePilot OfficerJ/19123CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-03-18TyphoonIbJR439I8-RAF Ayr Scotland10:45FerryFlew into high ground while descending through dense cloudsKilledAyr Cemetery, Ayrshire, Sec. R. 1931 Div. Grave 2720. United Kingdom.Accident report
41 MonsonAlonzo EdgarSquadron LeaderJ/22010USAPilotDFC
RCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-29TyphoonIbMN352I8-B-78 Eindhoven12:25BombingLight flak caught this Typhoon fighter-bomber in a dive and damaged its engine's cooling system. Pilot successfully crash landed near no man's land.Safe Accident reportFrom pilot himself: With its coolant and oil drained away, the engine began to overheat and was about to burst into flames. I had to get out in a hurry, but I still had to land. First I thought I’d crash into some trees, then, I was sailing down neatly between them. There was some crackling as the canopy caught in the top branches and I gently slowed up until I stopped – with my toes just touching the ground. That’s the nicest landing I’ve ever done.
42 PassmoreGerald LeroyFlying OfficerJ/35987CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-02TyphoonIbPD493I8-FB-78 Eindhoven10:30Armed recceShot down by accurate light flak at 300 feet while strafing a locomotive. Empennage came off aircraft which crashed between Legden and Coesfeld (Germany) .KilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery, 12. D. 16. Germany.
Accident Report
43 PeacockWilliam DempsayFlying OfficerJ/26271CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-04TyphoonIbMN431I8-KRAF Hurn12:00RamrodHit barrage balloon cable in reduced visibility & crashedKilledBournemouth North Cemetery, Row H.4. Grave 90. United Kingdom
Accident report
44 PentlandWilliam HarrySquadron LeaderJ/3204CanadianPilotDFC
RCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-10-07TyphoonIbMN641I8-JB-78 Eindhoven14:50Armed recceExploded in mid air on the pull out after strafing and bombing a rail car over Praest, Germany.KilledRheinberg War Cemetery, Grave 7. C. 6., Germany
Accident report
45 ReillyRobert JohnFlying OfficerJ/38349CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-11-18TyphoonIbMN475I8-AB-78 Eindhoven16:10Armed recceShot down by flak, crashed west of Wassenberg trying to regain allied lines.KilledMook War Cemetery, Grave Iii. C. 15., Netherlands.
Accident report
46 StultsDouglas ClairFlight LieutenantJ/10565CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-07-26TyphoonIbMN369I8-B-9 Lantheuil18:00Armed recceRight wing exploded off aircraft when cannons fired in attack dive over Rocquancourt. Pilot somehow managed to abandon aircraft and was rescued by friendly ground troops.Injured / Burned Accident reportExplosion blew right wing off as pilot depressed the cannon firing button during the attack dive. Aircraft did 2 quick right spins sending pilot into a daze, he came to under his parachute clear of the aircraft. During his descent directly over the combat front, enemy small arms cut some parachute lines and grazed his elbow and left leg. Pilot hid in bushes evading enemy infantry and made it to nearby Canadian ground troops who brought him to a field hospital. Pilot was evacuated to the UK for treatment of his wounds which included 1st and 2nd degree burns to face and hands, and shrapnel wounds to back and wrist.
47 StusiakNicholasFlying OfficerJ/35984CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-27TyphoonIbMN342I8-PRAF Hurn11:25Test flightStalled and spun in during an unauthorized low altitude mock dogfight with an American P-47 ThunderboltKilledBournemouth North Cemetery, Row J.4. Grave 90. United Kingdom.
Accident report
48 SugdenAlfred William EdwardPilot OfficerJ/90713CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-12-03TyphoonIbMN251I8-FB-78 Eindhoven14:30Armed recceOvershot landing and crashed upside down in a canalKilledGroesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Grave XV. D. 14. Netherlands
Accident reportAborted mission and returned to base due to engine problems, Opted to land downwind (25-30 MPH tailwind) and bomb laden forcing a much higher than normal landing speed. Aircraft touched down with 1200 feet of runway left but failed to stop and ran off the end of the runway crashing upside down in a canal. The pilot was unable to extricate himself, help could not reach him quickly enough, he perished in his partially submerged aircraft
49 WarrellJohn FrancisFlying OfficerJ/38833CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1945-02-03TyphoonIbPD497I8-B-78 Eindhoven09:50Armed recceSpun in and crashed near Bocholt while attacking a trainKilledReichswald Forest War Cemetery Germany; Grave 11. C. 17.Accident report
50 WatkinsAlbert AllenFlying OfficerJ/26919CanadianPilotRCAF2 TAF440 Sqd RCAF
1944-05-22TyphoonIbMN489I8-NRAF Hurn18:40Flak suppressionHit by intense flak, wing tank caught fire, abandoned over English Channel 5 miles from French coastRescued Accident reportLed flak suppression effort during bombing attack on the giant Wuerzburg radar near Arromanches. Spent 5 1/2 days drifting in dinghy prior to rescue. Was delirious in hospital believing British medical staff were enemy and only giving name and serial number.

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