EFTS Harvard II 3087 P/O. Yestyn Llewellyn Thomas
Date: 18th November 1943 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 13 Elementary Flying Training School
Type: Harvard Wasp II
Base: RCAF St. Hubert, Quebec.
Location: Saint Thérèse, Blainville, Quebec, Canada
Pilot: P/O. Yestyn Llewellyn Thomas J/27202 RCAF Age 22. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Aircraft on a night cross-country exercise.
Aircraft struck high trees in poor visibility and attempted a forced landing. They crashed 2 miles northwest of Saint Thérèse, 25 miles northwest of the base.
The Harvard landed in an inverted position killing the pilot and seriously injuring the pupil, LAC. A.G Peterson R/20247.
The aircraft had to be turned over to enable rescuers to extricate the crew. The pilot suffered a Base skull fracture and was killed instantly.
P/O. Yestyn Llewellyn Thomas. Whitby Cemetery (Mount Lawn). Grave Plot 1. Lot 24. Block 6. Sector G. Born on the 03rd June 1921 in Port Talbot, Wales. Educated at King St. School and Whitby High School. Worked as a Lithographic Plate Maker prior to service for Arthur and Jones 585 Adelaide Street, Toronto. Enlisted on the 25th of May 1942. Trained at No. 13 Elementary Flying Training School and No. 2 Service Flying Training School Son of David John (A W/O 2. serving in the RCAMC - died 20th April 1987, age 88) and Mildred Daisy Thomas (née Woodcock - died 08th April 1969, age 75), of 425 Dundas Street, Whitby. Ontario, Canada. Brother of Richard William Thomas R/89170 who also served during WWII. Service number prior to commission R/167199. Epitaph: 'Through Adversity To The Stars'.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this crew with thanks to National Archives. Government of Canada Archives, Paradie Archive.
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