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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 16173
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Time:11:00 LT
Type:Airspeed Oxford Mk I
Owner/operator:35 SFTS Royal Air Force (35 SFTS RAF)
Registration: AS550
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Hamlin, 5 miles North of North Battleford, Saskatchewan -   Canada
Phase: En route
Departure airport:North Battleford, Saskatchewan, Canada
Destination airport:
PO Douglas Henry Hodgkison died 30th September 1941, aged 26, whilst flying an Airspeed Oxford as an instructor with 35 SFTS, British Commonwealth Air Training Programme school, part of the Empire Air Training Scheme, which opened 4th September 1941. The son of Frederick Harold and Ethel Maude Hodgkison, of Uplands Park Road, Enfield, Middlesex, England. This was the first serious accident of 35 SFTS. Hodgkison arrived at 35 SFTS by rail from Halifax on disembarkation Canada at 21.00 Hours on 24th September 1941, just 6 days later he would be killed.

He was the instructor at the controls of Airspeed Oxford AS550, when, at about 11.00 Hours, in clear weather, at about 1000 feet, his aircraft collided with Airspeed Oxford AS186 and crashed just South West of the auxiliary field at Hamlin, 5 miles North of the aerodrome at North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Both came down in flat spins about a quarter of a mile apart in a fallow field property of Mr A.A. Stewart (NE corner of Section 6, Township 45, Range 16). Hodgkison and Evans were killed, possibly due to the fact that they were not strapped in.

It was not clear if they had been flying that way or if they had undone them in an attempt to bail out. Cause was eventually found to be lack of proper lookout by both crews. Hodgkison may have been distracted by Evans’ air-sickness. Two airmen were killed in the incident, the instructor and a pupil being Pilot Officer D H Hodgkison and LAC Bruce Trevor Evans (1294171). LAC M R Hall, (1199394) the sole occupant of the other aircraft, was also injured, in the mid-air collision but escaped with a fractured jaw, bruises and abrasions.

He was described as an exceptional student, likely to do well. The News mentions that Funeral services were held on 2nd October 1941 from Sallows & Boyd’s Funeral Home. The crew are buried in North Battlesford Cemetery, Canada. Hodgkinson in Plan M, Block 18, Grave 1.



Revision history:

20-Mar-2008 16:34 JINX Added
02-Aug-2017 20:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
26-Oct-2018 18:34 stehlik49 Updated [Operator]

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