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Charles Beeching O’Hanley  Rank: Pilot Officer Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force, #31 OTU Service No: J/5296   Date of Birth: April 27, 1921 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, NS Date of Enlistment: October 1, 1940 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, NS Age at Enlistment: 19 Trade: Student Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Charles John O’Hanley (Father) Yarmouth, NS Charles was the son of Charles John O'Hanley and Dora May (Beeching) O'Hanley, of Yarmouth.  He was a borther of Roy Walter O’Hanley and Doris Mary O’Hanley. He attended Centre School, Yarmouth between 1927 and 1934 and the Yarmouth Academy between 1934 and 1939.  During 1939 and 1940 he registered in a Commerical Course at the Yarmouth Academy in typewriting, bookkeeping and filing. He had three years of Cadet training at the Yarmouth Academy, was a licensed car operator for four years in 14 and had won a membership to and completed in the 1939 meet of the Nova Scotia Rifle Association.  He enjoyed swimming, hunting, baseball, skating, and boating.  Between November 18, 1939 and April 1, 1940 and again between May 3, 1940 and July 25, 1940 he was employed at the Eastern Air Command, Department of National Defence, Yarmouth Aerodrome as a gravel checker  He completed Initial Training in Toronto, Ontario, his Elementary Flying Course in Windsor, Ontario and Service Flying Course at Moncton, New Brunswick.  While based in Debert, Nova Scotia  at No. 31 Operational Training Unit, Royal Air Force, Pilot Officer O’Hanley  was flying the Hudson aircraft #AM896 and was on a final long-distance exercise prior to being ferried across the Atlantic when it flew into the ground and disintegrated fifteen miles from Debert at Great Village, Nova Scotia.  Pilot Officer, Richard Aubrey Luard (Burford, Ontario),  Sergeant Robert Frederick Kelley (Toronto, Ontario), and Royal Air Force Airman, Sergeant Norman Leonard (Hornsey, England) were also killed. Date of Death: October 23, 1941 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Truro (Immaculate Conception) Roman Catholic Cemetery (Nova Scotia, Canada) Grave Reference: RAF Plot. Grave 1. The 89th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial Commemorated on page 40 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on January 31   Sources and Information: Commonwealth War Graves Commission Veterans Affairs Canada http://www.debertmilitarymuseum.org/RCAFcasualties.html findagrave.com    
Charles Beeching O’Hanley  
 Photo: Heather Gorrie Mahoney