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Ronald Frederick MALLETT

Male 1919 - 1942  (23 years)

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  • Name Ronald Frederick MALLETT  [1
    Birth 8 Oct 1919  Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christening 17 Nov 1919  Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    • Military: served in World War II as Pilot Officer - killed in 1942.
      - As per National Archives, Government Records Branch:
      Flying Officer, Ronald Frederick Mallett (J-11451). I can obtain his
      complete military personnel file, 257 pages at .20 per page (51.40). Sent this
      amount on January 24, 1992.
      - As per National Archives, Government Records - Military Personnel File.
      . Service #'s: R-110857 and J-11451
      . Periods of service in the Armed Forces of Canada during World War II:
      1) Army Reg No. H-605041 A3 RCAATC Private Mar 20, 1941 - Jun 24, 1941
      Called up by the Army at Ft William, Ont at age of 21
      Other form says: Service Experience - Mar 20 to Jun 1941 -
      102nd C.O.(R) T.C. & A3 R.C.A. Fort William, Ontario
      and Advanced Training Centre. Shilo Camp, Manitoba
      2) Air Force R110857 Flying Officer Jun 25, 1941 - Nov 30, 1942
      Enlisted in Air Force at Winnipeg, Manitoba.
      . Service in Canada: Brandon, Saskatoon, Edmonton, Portage LaPrairie, Paulson,
      Rivers, Halifax, Debert (NS), Lachine (Que).
      . Overseas service: Jun 27, 1942 to Nov 30, 1942. On Jun 27/42 he navigated
      his plane to England. Emplaned in Newfoundland, deplaned U.K. Jun 28/42.
      1st post: No. 3 P.R.C. (to Jul 13/42).
      2nd post: No. 1 (o) A.F.U. (to Aug 17/42).
      3rd post: No. 22 O.T.U. (Satellite) Wellesbourne Mountford (until death)
      . Service Awards: Defence Medal, General Service Medal, C.V.S.M.
      Army Awards - War Medal 1939-1945 ???
      A/O Badge March 28, 1942
      . Reclassification and Promotions (Air Force):
      Jun 25/41 - AC2
      Nov 07/41 - LA6 Granted the commission May 1/42,
      Mar 28/42 - Sargeant effective from April 27/42.
      Apr 27/42 - P/O (Pilot Officer)
      Oct 27/42 - T.F.O
      . Trade (Air Force):
      Jun 25/41 - Pord
      Nov 07/41 - Air Observer
      Mar 28/42 - A/O
      Apr 27/42 - A/O GL
      . Awarded flying badge on Mar 28, 1942
      . Types of service aircraft flown: Anson, Battle
      . Unit when died: 22 O.T.U (Satellite) Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire
      Bomber Command J.A.T.P. (CAN).
      . As per the Group Captain Commanding R.A.F. Station, Wellesbourne, Mountford
      Ron was of the very finest type of young man upon whom we are relying to
      win the war, and I need hardly tell you that he was extremely popular with
      everyone here. His keenness on his job and his enthusiasm for everything
      he took in hand were most marked. He was not permitted to devulge any
      detailed information regarding the actual occurrence which led to his death.
      He died just a surely in the service of the Empire as if he had met his end
      in active operations against the enemy. Assures on how much they all honour
      the sacrifice he made so far from his own country in the cause of freedom
      and in the service of the British Commonwealth of Nations.
      . Comments on Ronald's records: Good bombaimer, not easily rattled
      in the air. Above average in ability as air firer. Good knowledge of guns.
      Above average, co-operative. Shows good initiative. A very hardworking
      observer. Lacks confidence in the air but does good work. Somewhat slo in
      picking up astro but results are satisfactory. - Good marks.
      Cool and keen - hard worker - quiet, industrious, well liked.
      Nice clean cut chap, sincere, keen to serve in air force.
      . Training:
      Initial Training, Edmonton (25/9/41-31/10/41) 90%
      Air Observers Course, Portage La Prairie, Man (10/11/41-15/2/42) 73.4%
      Armament Training, Paulson, Man. (16/2/42-28/3/42) 80.3%
      Advanced Air Observers Training Rivers, Man (30/3/42-27/4/42) 69%
      Received Observers Badge: 28/3/42
      . Other flying accident: Ronald was an air observer in another flying accident
      in which no one was injured. The pilot had overrun the runway after landing
      in a night navigation exercise at Portage La Prairie. Plane was an Anson
      9688 Cheetah IX. Ron was the 2nd Navigator. Accident was due to bad weather
      conditions at home airport so they had to make an emergency landing at an
      unfamiliar airport. Cause was determined to be an error in judgment on the
      part of the pilot. He overshot in landing on a small, unlighted field with
      rough surfaces. Accident was on Jan 26 1942 20:58. Another report shows
      that the accident occured at Pembina Airport, USA. Visibility at that
      airport was good, it was overcast about 5000 [?]. The pilot was a civilian
      pilot. The place an Avro-Anson-9688. Ron was from the No. 7 Air Observer
      School unit. His duty on this flight was as student observer.

      - As per military records:
      Died 02:24 Nov 30, 1942 in an air operations accident which also killed
      two other Canadian and three non-Canadians. Wellington Mark III No. DDI 633.
      No Court of Inquiry was held into the accident. Was taken to SSQ (Hospital
      or Station), Wellesbourne Mountford, Warwickshire.
      - As per newspaper article - "Casualty".
      Son of G.F. Mallett, Elkhorn, Man., PILOT OFFICER RONALD F. MALLETT has been
      reported killed in action in the latest RCAF casualty list from Ottawa. [There
      is a picture of Ron in uniform].
      - As per newpaper article - "Young Elkhorn Airman Buried in England"
      Elkhorn, Man., Dec 21. (Special) - Official information has been received
      by Mr. and Mrs. F.W. Mallett of the death on active service of their son,
      P.O. Ronald Mallett, Nov 30. His name appeared in the official list Dec 8.
      He was born in 1919 and was an engineer in air conditioning and refrigeration,
      and before enlisting was with the Canadian Car and Foundry Company, Fort
      William, Ontario. Graduating at Rivers, he received his commission in Montreal
      just before leaving for overseas last June. The official notice informed the
      parents that the young man was buried Dec 3, at Evesham Road Cemetary,
      Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, Eng. Surviving are his parents, and two
      brothers and a sister, Amy and Clifford at home, and Albert, at Sudbury, Ont.
      - As per newspaper article (probably Free Press in Winnipeg -
      "Elkhorn Pilot Killed Overseas"
      Elkhorn, Man., Deb 5 (Special) - Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mallett received official
      word Dec 2 that their second son, Pilot Officer Ronald, had been killed in
      action. Ronald signed up on June 27, 1941 [wrong], and June 27, 1942, he
      arrived in England by bomber, which he navigated. He received his commission
      in Montreal prior to proceeding overseas.
      Ronald was born in Elkhorn on Oct 8, 1919, and received his education here.
      He took a course in the Chicago Institute of Air Conditioning and
      Refrigeration. After graduating there he found employment in the Canada Car
      and Foundry, Fort William, where he worked until joining the RCAF.
      He is survived by his parents; two brothers, Albert at Sudbury, and Clifford,
      at home; and one sister, Amy, at home. He was buried in Evesham Road Cemetary,
      Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England, on Dec 3. Ronald was a carrier boy
      for the Free Press for a number of years and won a trip to Winnipeg to see the
      King and Queen in 1939.
      - As per military records from NAC.
      Ron was killed (in active service) in an accident during air operations at
      Gaydon Aerodrome, Warwickshire, England. No Cour of Inquire was held into
      his death.

      - As per military records received from NAC.
      Grave #4013 (originally had a wooden cross), Evasham Road Cemetary,
      Stratford-on-Avon, Warwickshire, England 15:00 Thur. Dec 3/42. The other two
      Canadian killed in the accident were also buried in this cemetary on this
      day. Service conducted by the Church of England Padre S/Ldr. Langford
      Service conducted by the Church of England Padre S/Ldr. Langford Sainsbury,
      and the Canadian Padre, S/Ldr. Freyne was also present. Full service honours
      were accorded, the coffin being carried by men from this Station, and the
      Last Post was sounded at the end of the ceremony. A number of wreaths were
      sent from the officers and airmen of this Station. Photographs were also
      taken of the funeral ceremony, and these have been forwarded by sea route,
      as they were too heavy for the Air Mail service. All war graves are taken
      care of by the Imperial War Graves Commission, who will erect a temporary
      wooden cross, pending the provision of a permanent memorial.

      Education: As per military records from NAC.
      Manitoba - Elkhorn Public School 1925-1934
      Manitoba - Elkhorn High School 1934-1938 (Junior Matriculation)
      His best marks were in Math and Science
      Chicago - Industrial Training Institute - Air Conditioning & Refrigeration
      1938-1940. This included four weeks of practical intensive
      supervised training in their shops in Chicago.
      Military - see above.

      Occupation: As per military records from NAC.
      Before entering army - Discal Fitter AFM (1940-1941) Canada Car, Fort William,
      Ontario. This was an iron foundry airplane plant. Was a member of the A.F. of
      Labour union.
      July - Sept 1940: Tinsmith at J.C. Hunton, Sheet Metal & Heating Co, Fort
      William, Ontario. Reference from J.C. Hunton: honest & trustworthy, any work
      that may be assigned to him, would be given his closest attention.

      Religion: As per military records from NAC.

      Hobbies: As per military records from NAC.
      Softball, tennis, curling, football, mechanics, music (piano accordian).

      Physical Features: 5' 7-1/2". 155 pounds. Dark brown hair.
      Grey-Green eyes. Scar on right wrist, scar on palm of right hand, scar on
      lower lip (right side).

      - As per medical report in military records:
      . Well developed, well nourished young man.
      . Had tonsillectomy in 1934 - otherwise good health, did not require glasses.
      Teeth nearly all present and perfect.
      . This man had struck me with his unusually good physique.

      Baptism: Copy of baptism certificate included in Military records. He was
      baptized Nov 17/1919 in Elkhorn by F.C. Pecover. The name of the church is not

      Residence: before enlisting he lived at Ste. 7, Bowlker Block, Fort William,
    SW Group
    UKC 1881
    Reference Number 1000045 
    Death 30 Nov 1942  Aerodrome, Gaydon, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Burial 3 Dec 1942  Evesham Cemetery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3751  Southwest
    Last Modified 24 Apr 2011 

    Father George Frederick William MALLETT,   b. 4 Nov 1884, Port Hope, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this locationd. 15 Jul 1970, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location (Age 85 years) 
    Mother Agnes Ethel KNOWLES,   b. 14 Oct 1889   d. 24 Aug 1973 (Age 83 years) 
    Marriage 28 Jun 1916  Emerson, Manitoba, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1226  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 8 Oct 1919 - Elkhorn, Manitoba, Canada Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S897] Database Mallett, Deb, (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), M04S156.

    2. [S775] AF, Ltr: AF 870816, 775.

    3. [S775] AF, Ltr: AF 870816, Year, 775.