15.11.1943 No. 11 E.F.T.S. Fairchild Cornell Mk. II 15263 P/O. Leslie S. Smoker
Operation: Training flight
Date: 15th November 1943
Unit: 11 EFTS RCAF
Type: Fairchild Cornell Mk. II
Base: Cap de la Madeleine, Quebec. Canada
Location: 2 miles north of St. Louis de Champlain, St Loire, Quebec
Pilot: P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker J/25882 RCAF Age 21. Killed
Pilot 2: Sgt. Jerry Eaton Brooks R/50700 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Training flight with 11 EFTS crashed 2 miles north of St. Louis de Champlain, St Loire, Quebec. Further information sought.
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Fairchild Cornell Mk. II. Insert: P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker (Fred Paradie)
Left: Burnaby (Ocean View) Burial Park. Right: Victoria (Royal Oak) Burial Park (courtesy Ann Gordon)
P/O. Leslie Saunders Smoker. Burnaby (Ocean View) Burial Park. Heather Sec. Plot 295. Grave 3. Son of Ernest and Gertrude R. Smoker, of Vancouver, Canada.
Sgt. Jerry Eaton Brooks. Victoria (Royal Oak) Burial Park Sec. B. Plot 36. Grave 8. Son of Ralph Wentworth Brooks and Hattie Craig Brooks, of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.
Dedicated to relatives of the crew. Information supplied by Fred Paradie of the 'Paradie Archives'. Additional details Les Allison and Harry Hayward - 'They Shall Grow Not Old', CWGC.