24.05.1944 No. 175 Squadron Typhoon Ib JR311 HH-P P/O. Finlayson
Operation: Escort Sortie
Date: 24th May 1944 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 175 Squadron
Type: Hawker Typhoon Mk1B
Base: RAF Dunsfold, Surrey
Location: Le Harve, France
Pilot: P/O. Stuart Scott Finlayson J/85036 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
It appears that the aircraft suffered structural failure and crashed near Le Havre, France.
It had been discovered that the Typhoon was to undergo a tailplane modification listed as MOD354 - the aircraft horizontal tailplane was prone to failure in extreme manoeuvres. It is not known if this aircraft had the modification carried out although had only been delivered to the RAF in November 1943.
P/O. Stuart Scott Finlayson. Sainte Marie Cemetery, Le Havre Departement de la Seine-Maritime Haute-Normandie, France. Divn. 67. Row H. Grave 5. Born on the 6th December 1920, the son of Robert Scott Finlayson and Ethel May Finlayson, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered - October 2016. Photographs from the Michel Beckers collection. With thanks to sources as quoted below.