MALE, Harold OttoPilot Officer RAF GB 188825Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Date of Death: November 20, 1942Age 23 Cemetery:Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery (Lot 1. Sec. A.K. Grave 2)Son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Male, of Wollaston, Stourbridge Worcestershire, England.SUTHERLAND, Stanley Evan. Age 21RCAF J/15455 Pilot OfficeRegiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air ForceWireless Operator/ Air GunnerDate of Death: November 20, 1942Age 21 Cemetery:Brookfield Cemetery, Nova Scotia (Plot 3, Row 3)Son of George R. Sutherland and Carletta Ellis Sutherland, of Brookfield; Husband of Gwenn M. Sutherland, of Brookfield.SARGEANT, Thomas Frederick. RAF GB 1125256 Rank: Aircraftman 1st Class (Flight Mechanic - Engines)Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer ReserveDate of Death: November 20, 1942 Age 28 Cemetery:Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery (Lot 1. Sec. A.K. Grave 1)Son of Thomas Arthur and Ellen Sargeant, of Middlesbrough, Yorkshire England.
RCAF Station Yarmouth 34 OTU (Operational Training Unit) Based at PennfieldAircraft: Lockheed VenturaCrashed at Caledonia, Nova Scotia
The Ventura II AE 932 was attached to No. 34 OTU Pennfield Ridge in New Brunswick. Two passengers were dropped at Dartmouth (F/L Charles S. Turner (C/2144) and Cpl. Hubley) The fatal flight was en route from Dartmouth Nova Scotia to RCAF Station Yarmouth when it crashed 4 miles north-east of Caledonia, Queens, Co., Nova Scotia at 2130 hours. The plane was carrying hydraulic oil from Dartmouth to Yarmouth. At the time of take-off there was a ceiling of 500 ft. with a visibility of 3 to 4 miles and raining moderately. At the time of crash there was drizzle rain and low clouds and a visibility of 4 to 5 miles.P.O. Male, pilot, was detailed to fly Ventura aircraft AE932 to Dartmouth and collect certain freight. P.O. Sutherland was wireless operator. Three passengers also made the trip to Dartmouth. The Aircraft arrived at Dartmouth at 1640 hrs. Two of the passengers remained there and at 1740 hrs. the aircraft took off on its return journey. Messages were received from the aircraft at 1803 hrs. and 1823 hrs. The last message was to the effect that the pilot had nothing to communicate. No difficulty whatsoever was had in exchanging signals with the aircraft. At 1828 hrs. the signals officer at base called the aircraft to tell the pilot he had a message for him, there was no reply. At 1830 hrs. the signals officer asked pilot for his estimated time of arrival and received no acknowledgement, and calls were continued until 1940 hrs., but with no reply. Then word came that the aircraft had crashed.Residents of the districts of Westfield and Caledonia in Queens County, NS heard the aircraft at about 1820 hrs. as it flew in a south westerly direction. About 3 minutes later the aircraft was heard circling from the south east to north east; then at about 1825 hrs. the sound of the engines ceased and within a minute there was a large flash of light followed by a loud explosion. The aircraft was totally destroyed and the occupants were killed instantaneously.An examination of the wreckage by the O.T.C. disclosed that the aircraft was in a steep left hand turn and losing height when it struck the top of the trees. That the aircraft was approaching the ground at an angle of 45°. circling at a low altitude in conditions of poor visibility the aircraft struck trees with the port wing tip and crashed. There were no indications of structural failures in flight. The C.T.C. further stated: "The aircraft was so badly wrecked and scattered that it was impossible to make any observations on the instruments, flying controls, engine controls or fuel tanks."Also see: