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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 220197
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Date:24-JUN-1942
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic DH82 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth
Owner/operator:32 EFTS RCAF
Registration: 5070
MSN: DHC.869
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near RCAF Netook RLG, 4 miles south west of Bowden, Alberta -   Canada
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:RCAF Bowden, Alberta
Destination airport:RCAF Netook RLG, Alberta
Narrative:
de Havilland DH.82 Tiger Moth MSN DHC.869 (Gipsy Major #85457): Delivered 24.7.41 and taken on charge by RCAF as 5070 17.7.41 at 4 Training Command. To 10 Repair Depot. To 32 EFTS RCAF Bowden, Alberta

On 24.7.42 the Tiger Moth I 5070 of 32 EFTS (Canada) crashed during practice forced landing near RCAF Netook RLG, 4 miles South West of Bowden. Alberta, base of the 32 EFTS, north of the low flying area. Aboard were an instructor, Sgt Francis Charles Frigerio RCAF, and a student pilot, LAC R Raffles. They were apparently practicing force landings. The student pilot made a left gliding turn followed by a right gliding turn. He straightened out to approach at approximately 100 feet. Frigerio was killed and Raffles was severely injured in the ensuing crash.

Crew of Tiger Moth 5070:
Sgt (R/105161) Francis Charles Frigerio (Instructor Pilot) RCAF- killed in service 24.7.42.
LAC (Leading Aircraftman) R RAFFLES (Pupil Pilot u/t) RCAF - survived injured

The conclusion of the A.I.B. was that Raffles had carried out a forced landing approach and crashed from a gliding turn when the inexperienced instructor allowed the aircraft to get too low before taking corrective action. On 18.8.42 Tiger Moth 5070 was Struck off Charge, and reduced to spares and produce at No. 10 Repair Depot

RCAF Netook was built in 1941 by the Royal Canadian Air Force, and is located 3.5 nautical miles (6.5 km; 4.0 miles) north of Olds, Alberta, Canada, as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan, and served as a relief landing ground [RLG] for No. 32 EFTS (Elementary Flying Training School) at Bowden, Alberta. In 1942, the aerodrome was listed at 5151′N 11404′W with a Var. 24 degrees E and elevation of 3325'. The Aerodrome was listed as "turf" and "all way field." There is no dimensional data and the field was drawn as a rough square along the Canadian Pacific Railway line.


Sources:

1. http://www.rafcommands.com/archive/09543.php.
2. http://rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_5050_5099_detailed.html
3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bowden,_Alberta
4. http://www.maplandia.com/canada/alberta/division-no-8/bowden/
5. https://www.cwgc.org/find-records/find-war-dead/casualty-details/2265664/FRANCIS%20CHARLES%20FRIGERIO/
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RCAF_Station_Bowden#Relief_landing_field_%E2%80%93_Netook
7. https://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/remembrance/memorials/canadian-virtual-war-memorial/detail/2265664
8. https://www.rcafassociation.ca/heritage/history/fallen-aviators/rcaf-casualties-second-world-war/fostey-to-fyfe/
9. https://www.ancientfaces.com/person/francis-charles-frigerio-birth-1921-death-1942/164049380
10. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olds_(Netook)_Airport

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
26-Dec-2018 23:08 Laurent Rizzotti Added
26-Dec-2018 23:09 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Date]
15-Aug-2021 00:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
15-Aug-2021 10:12 BlBe Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Narrative, Operator]

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