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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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RCAF Crest
13.08.1942 No. 1 SFS Yale NA-64 3370 LAC Parkhill

Operation: Training

Date: 13th August 1942 (Thursday)

Unit: No. No. 1 Service Flying School

Type: Yale NA-64

Serial: 3370

Code: 64-2116

Base: Camp Borden

Location: Georgian Lake, Canada

Pilot: LAC Donald Barnes Parkhill R/129229 RCAF Age 23. Killed


Whilst training at No. 1 Service Flying School at Camp Borden was seen to dive into Georgian Lake. Flying Yale NA-64 3370 64-2116 - the pilot lost his life and body later recovered.

He was on a solo flight and according to the Air Accident Report (dated 21st August 1942) eye witnesses (Mr. Bruce Judson, Mrs. G. McCarthy, Mrs. G.E. Tanner, together with that of P/O. J.N. Robinson J/10563 and Fl/Lt. T.A. Spruston of No. 1 SFTS stated that he was flying extremely low and aircraft struck the water about 3/4 mile off Midland Point. The report stated that the cause of the crash was error in judgement.

Burial details:

LAC Donald Barnes Parkhill. Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery. Grave 82-J. Son of Mortimer Smith and Barnekah Barnes Parkhill, of Corning, New York. USA.

Researched for Peter Bedrossian who contacted us in April 2017 - sending Aircrew Remembered the photographs - dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to sources as quoted below. Thanks also to Dave Champion who provided accident report and new photographs - April 2017.

KTY 18.04.2017 page updated

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