I had been in contact with someone on Facebook.
Do you have any training record mentions of a George Glen Harrison COWPER from England, who later flew Lancasters with 550 Squadron in Lincolnshire?
I was just sent this photo.
I was not told if he is on the left or on the right. My guess is that he is on the right. These two airmen are in front of a Tiger Moth. George Glen Harrison Cowper’s son told that his father got his training in Canada which would make sense since we see the enclosed cockpit added for flight training during winter.
George Glen Harrison Cowper’s son will be looking for his father’s log book.
This story will be updated.
Updated 2019-08-19 11:30
Flying Officer Cowper DFC was the pilot.
Now we know he was on the right.
This blog is all about remembering and sharing stories about the BCATP.
There is one more update to this tragedy that occurred at Paulson.
My father Sgt.Lloyd Brown was the pilot of this Fairey Battle We were out at Paulson Mb. in 1986 to see his old base and to talk a walk. When we were walking along the taxi way this was the first time he ever talked about this accident This incident really had a bad effect on my father as he felt it was his fault as he couldn’t see Mr. Heal After this my Father never mentioned this accident ever again I only wish I could of found this accident report before his passing for him to see it was not his fault.
There was another previous comment made about this post:
This is somewhat unsettling to me and very strange. My father, David L. « Bud » Quinn, who was a Flight Lieutenant at the time of the death of LAC Heal, may have witnessed this accident. He was the Armament Officer in Charge of Gunnery at No. 7 B&GS at Paulson from June 1941 until the end of July 1942.
He described to me once seeing one of his armourers turning without looking and walking into the rotating prop of an aircraft. He called out to him, but not in time. The description of the accident in the medical examiner’s official report above is consistent with how my father described it, namely « partial decapitation & decerebration ». He said that at the time it shook him to the core. Decades later he could still not get the memory out of his head.
May they all now rest in peace! Lest we forget.
Remembering LAC Kenneth Edgar Heal…
Chris wrote this earlier in 2018. He has even more photos to share. Click on the link at the end of this post.
I have attached the photos of the fellow who I believe took the rest of the pictures that I have. The one picture shows him as an AC at #1 AOS Malton.
I have one post card type photo that says the photographer is Claude Hannan but no association to the rest of the photos. I’m not sure if that’s who I’m looking for.
I have no other information beyond that.