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Pilot Officer Charles Beeching O'Hanley

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Pilot Officer Charles Beeching O'Hanley

Birth
Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Death 23 Oct 1941 (aged 20)
Great Village, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Burial Truro, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, Canada
Plot R.A.F. Plot. Grave 1
Memorial ID 139637135 View Source

Rank: Pilot Officer
Service No: J/5296
Date of Death: 23/10/1941
Age: 20
Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force
Division: #31 Operational Training Unit [Debert, Nova Scotia]

Killed when his plane crashed, son of Charles John and Dora May (née Beeching) O'Hanley, of Yarmouth. A student, he enlisted in the RCAF on 1 Oct 1940 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Pilot Officer Charles Beeching O'Hanley is commemorated on Page 40 of Canada's Second World War Book of Remembrance.

Lockheed Hudson #AM896 aircraft was one of 12 Hudsons taking flight from RCAF Debert, on their final long-distance exercise before being ferried across the Atlantic (AFTERO-Atlantic Ferry Operations), the intended destination being Windsor, Ontario; shortly after taking off AM896 tragically crashed into the ground near Great Village, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, and took the lives of its four aircrew.

The four airmen who perished in this accident were-
RCAF Pilot Officer Charles Beeching O'HANLEY,
RCAF Sergeant Robert Frederick KELLEY,
RCAF Pilot Officer Richard Aubrey LUARD and
RAF Sergeant Norman Leonard HORNSEY.
[Another Hudson and its crew were also lost during this exercise: Lockheed Hudson #AM895 and its four aircrew were sadly lost near Cartierville, Quebec.]


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