Wartime Heritage ASSOCIATION
March 23, 1943
113 Squadron West Camp - RCAF Station Yarmouth Aircraft: Lockheed Hudson The Hudson crashed at take off at the end of the runway. It is believed the 4 crew in the aircraft were killed when the aircraft nosed to the ground. As ground crew arrived and were working over the wreckage, the aircraft suddenly exploded into flames. Two ground crew members were killed in addition to the other four men. Death was instantaneous and caused by multiple injuries and burns. It is said the explosion shook houses miles away. In addition to the two ground crew fatalities, the explosion injured Aircraftman 1st Class William Gordon Ryan, of Winnipeg, MB; Corporal Leo A. MacDonald, of Mermaid, PEI and Leading Aircraftman James Russell of Woodstock, Ontario. A civilian, Mrs. William H. Lent, of Tusket, Yarmouth County, who was nearby at the time of the crash, was hospitalized with a cerebral hemorrhage suffered as a result of the explosion. Attending physicians said the hemorrhage resulted from shock, since she suffered from high blood pressure. The six casualties from the crash were as follows: Crew Name: Tripp, Charles Leroy Rank: Flying Officer/ Pilot Service No: J/8321 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 21 Cemetery: Belleville Cemetery (Sec. L.6.67) Charles Tripp was the son of Charles D. Tripp and Florence A. Tripp, of Montreal, Province of Quebec. Commemorated on Page 221 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 11 Name: Baillie, Alexander J Rank: Flight Sergeant/ Observer Service No: R/124717 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 24 Cemetery: River John (Bellevue) Cemetery Alexander Baillie was the son of George William and Mary Myrtle Baillie, of River John. Commemorated on Page 133 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 21 Name: Cavers, Robert Franklin Rank: Warrant Officer Class II/ Wireless Air Gunner Service No: R/97637 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 26 Cemetery: Carleton Place United Cemeteries (St. Fillans Sec. Lot 20) Robert Cavers was the son of Thomas Edgar and Bessie Cavers, of Almonte, Ontario, Canada. Commemorated on Page 145 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 27 Name: Tarrant, Mervin E Rank: Flight Sergeant/ Wireless Air Gunner Service No: R/97649 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Age 23 Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 23 Cemetery: New Westminister (Fraser) Cemetery (Range 8. Block 44. Lot C) Mervin Tarrant was the son of Henry and Susan Mary E. Tarrant, of New Westminster. Commemorated on Page 218 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on May 9 Ground Crew Name: Hallek Frank Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class Service No: R/177737 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 22 Cemetery: Winnipeg (Elmwood Cemetery (Lot 605. Sec. Grave 2) Frank Hallek was the son of Konstantin and Sophia Hallek, of Winnipeg. Commemorated on Page 167 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 7 Name: Briggs, Lloyd E Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service No: R/73073 Military Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Died: March 23, 1943 Age: 29 Cemetery: Stilesville Cemetery (Lot 21) Lloyd Briggs was the son of Edward Vent Briggs and Elizabeth Mary Briggs, of Moncton, New Brunswick Commemorated on Page 140 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on March 24
Lockheed Hudson
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March 23, 1943 - Crash RCAF Station Yarmouth
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