19 May, 1942 – No.9 B&G School, Mont-Joli, Quebec – Update of the crash scene

Chris Charland on Facebook added a few information about the crash scene.

The accident record cards noted that the aircraft was on a gunnery exercise when it crashed at high speed and burned five miles south-west of St. Eluce, P.Q. Pilot Officer Halamka was originally declared missing and believed killed. He had a total of 30 hours dual and 105 hours solo on the Fairey Battle. 

Chris

Then I got thinking five miles south-west of St.Eluce?

Salut Pierre – Lots of spelling mistakes on the accident records cards. St. Luce had no military affiliation during the Second World War according to ‘Abandoned Military Installions of Canada’ Volume 2 – Quebec. It is a highly researched series by Ottawa-based Paul Ozorak. Worth the money if you can find a used copy.

Chris

St. Eluce was a typo of course, but five miles south-west of St.Luce would put the crash in the St. Lawrence River!

So I read the crash report again.

Farmer’s field in Ste. Flavie Parish!

That made more sense to pinpoint where the crash scene was photographed on May 19, 1942.

 

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

 

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

 

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19 May, 1942 – No.9 B&G School, Mont-Joli, Quebec

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

Collection Leonard E. J. Cote (courtesy Mark Cote)

Category A

+ HALAMKA, P/O A.F. (Pilot)

+ ROOKE, Cpl C.J. – RCAF

+ SHAW, LAC I.J. – RAAF

+ WEAL, LAC K.G. – RNZAF

Battle Mk. I
Ex RAF L5207.
Serving at No. 9 Bombing and Gunnery School, Mt.-Joli, PQ at time of crash.
first date: 22 July 1941
last date: 3 July 1942
Taken on strength
Struck off, after Category A crash on 19 May 1942

 

Accident report

About the pilot (body never recovered)

About the accident (Rooke’s death certificate)

Clarence Rooke was a teacher before he enlisted.

About the other two airmen

Name: WEAL, KENNETH GEORGE
Initials: K G
Nationality: New Zealand
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment/Service: Royal New Zealand Air Force
Age: 19
Date of Death: 19/05/1942
Service No: 413287
Additional information: Son of Arthur Thomas Weal and Christina Weal, of Pukeatua, Auckland, New Zealand.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Lot 34. Grave 1.
Cemetery: METIS BEACH (UNITED CHURCH) CEMETERY

 

Name: SHAW, IRWIN JACK
Initials: I J
Nationality: Australian
Rank: Leading Aircraftman
Regiment/Service: Royal Australian Air Force
Age: 27
Date of Death: 19/05/1942
Service No: 413494
Additional information: Son of John Henry and Emelie Shaw; husband of Kathleen Mary Shaw, of Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia.
Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead
Grave/Memorial Reference: Lot 34. Grave 2.
Cemetery: METIS BEACH (UNITED CHURCH) CEMETERY

Harvard 2595

Found on this Website…

2595 North American Harvard Mk.II
  NA-66 66-2328
Assigned to No. 1 Training Command in Ontario.  Classified as instructional airframe A 279 on 27 March 1943.  Later marked 279B, probably post war.
first date: 9 October 1940 last date: 27 November 1961
Taken on strength Struck off

Found on this Website…

British Pathe

Aerial shot of the buildings, runways, etc. of a RAF (Royal Air Force) training establishment in Canada. Two C/Us of trainees in the control tower. Good shots of the runway with several Fairey Battle fighter aeroplanes lined up prior to take off, squadron of airmen are marching past. C/U of a pilot seated in his aircraft. Various shots of a single engined trainer plane taking off. Pan with a Fairey Battle taking off. Aerial shot of the runways and hangars at the base.