09 April 1942 10 SFTS Crane I 7957 Sgt. Dean
Date: 09 April 1942 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 10 Service Flying Training School. 2 Training Command
Type: Crane I
Base: RCAF Dauphin, Manitoba
Pilot: Sgt. Douglas Delbert Dean R/106609 RCAF Age 20. Killed
Pilot (U/T): LAC. Selwyn Fitzgerald Bradley NZ/405796 RNZAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Sunrise: 06:03 hrs. Sunset: 19:25 hrs. Weather: Continuos light snow until 08:00 hrs. Partly cloudy and clear. Wind - surface SE light veering to W-W-N at 15 - 35 mph.
During an instrument flying training exercise Sgt. Dean executed a turn and fell out of control at 15:00 hrs in icy and gusty conditions.
The aircraft crashed and caught fire 8 miles southwest of Makinak. An ambulance from Poulson proceeded to the crash site near Ochrie River but could not save the pilots.
The Canadian pilot had been awarded his wings just a month prior to the accident.
Sgt. Douglas Delbert Dean. Masonic Memorial Park. West half. Lot 2. Block 92. Grave 4. Born on the 08th October 1921 in Pierce. Educated at Lincoln High School. Enlisted on the 23th May 1941. Son of Alvin P. Dean (died 18th April 1939, age 43) and Cordelia Dean (née Hawk - died 04th August 1986, age 85), of 2622 North Proctor, Tacoma, Washington, USA.
LAC. Selwyn Fitzgerald Bradley. Dauphin Cemetery (Riverside). Lot D. Sec. 8. Block 6. Born on the 26th October 1915 in Auckland. Enlisted on the 19th October 1941. A total of 124 flying hours logged with 53 solo, 16 on the Crane. Son of Robert Emmet Bradley (died 20th August 1959, age 79) and of Juliet Milicent Bradley (nee Masters - died 06th September 1964, age 82), of Parnell, Auckland, New Zealand.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to the extensive research by Errol Martyn and his publications: “For Your Tomorrow Vols. 1-3”, Auckland Library Heritage Collection, Weekly News of New Zealand, Air Museum of New Zealand, Museum of Transport and Technology, Auckland, other sources as quoted below: