19.07.1942 No. 5 Glider Training School Hotspur II HH232 Sgt. Fruchtl
Date: 19th July 1942 (Sunday)
Unit: No. 5 Glider Training School
Type: General Aircraft (GAL.48) Hotspur II
Base: RAF Bicester, Oxfordshire
Location: Mixbury Hill Farm, Bicester
Pilot: Sgt. John George Fruchtl R/101420 RCAF Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
The glider had been pre-loaded for dual training sortie when, for reasons unknown the pilot pulled off the tow prematurely at low height. The glider then turned, its nose dropping in a stall when it then dived into the ground at 16:10 hrs.
The pilot was recovered alive from the aircraft and was examined in the ambulance on the way to Sick Quarters, RAF Kidlington. He was unconscious but breathing. Sadly, died en route, despite artificial respiration being administered.
He had suffered a fracture at the base of the skull, facial injuries including fractured jaw, fractured nose, also fractures of the left and right ankle. Cause of death was stated as shock and the fracture of the base of the skull.
The initial report stated the accident was not due to negligence or misconduct but that a Court Of Enquiry was to take place to try and establish the reasons. Further research continues.
Fruchtl Lake north of Utik lake in Manitoba, Canada, named after Sgt. John George Fruchtl in 1994.
Buried on Thursday the 23rd July 1942 in the Churchyard as shown
Sgt. John George Fruchtl. Hethe Roman Catholic Cemetery (Holy Trinity). Grave 39. Born on the Saturday,5th August 1916 at Glenn Ellyn, Illinois, USA the son of John Fruchtl (a Lawyer born Warsau, Wisconsin USA) and Verna Fruchtl née Brandel (born Sheboygan, Wisconsin). The family lived at 127 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois when he enlisted in the RCAF and later at Killarney, Manitoba, Canada.
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