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Buchanan, Hector Dick

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Title Commander (P) (RCN)
Official Number O-10028
 
Birth 14/05/1922 Death 27/02/2004
Place Kobe Place Delta
Area Kyushu Island Area BC
Country Japan Country Canada
 
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Biography
After his naval service he flew Spruce Budworm spraying in New Brunswick and fire bombing in BC.
 
Military Service
He joined the Glasgow University Air Squadron. He was appointed as a Naval Airman 2/c RNVR (With seniority dated 30/11/1942). He served in H.M.S. St. Vincent for Pilot Training Course #46 1942. He served in H.M.S. Daedalus for Flying Training 1942. He was appointed as an A/Leading Airman RNVR (With seniority dated 20/02/1943). (CFR). He was appointed as an A/Sub-Lieutenant (Temp.) RNVR (With seniority dated 13/10/1943). He served in Sub-Lieutenant (Temp.) RNVR (With seniority dated 14/08/1942). He served in USNAS Grosse Ile MI USA 1943. He served in USNAS Pensacola FL USA 1943. He served in USNAS Fort Lauderdale 1944. He served in USNAAF Lewiston ME USA for 738 RN Squadron 1944. He served in USNAS Squantum for 856 Squadron (Avenger) 1944. He served in H.M.S. Smiter for 856 Squadron (Avenger) to disembark aircraft 1944. He served in H.M.S. Landrail (Machrihanish) for 856 Squadron (Avenger) 1944. He served in H.M.S. Shrike (Maydown) for 853 Squadron (Avenger) 1944. He served in H.M.S. Tracker for 853 Squadron (Avenger) 1944. He served in H.M.S. Sparrowhawk for 853 Squadron 1944. He served in H.M.S. Queen for 853 Squadron (Avenger) 1945,. He served in HMCS Huron 1945. He served in H.M.S. Reaper for 853 Squadron (Avenger) passage to Australia 1945. He served in H.M.S. Golden Hinde for 853 Squadron (Avenger) 1945. He served in H.M.S. Nabbington for 820 Squadron (Avenger) 1945. He was appointed as a Lieutenant (Temp.) RNVR (With seniority dated 12/04/1945), (Transferred to RCNR). He was appointed as a Lieutenant (P) RCN(R) (Appointed 17/04/1946) (With seniority dated 12/04/1945). He served in H.M.S. Gannet (Eglinton) for 794 and 719 Squadrons 1946. He served in H.M.S. Implacable for 795 Quadron 1946, (Transferred to RCN). He was appointed as a Lieutenant RCN (With seniority dated 12/04/1945). He served in HMCS Stadacona 1947. He served in RCN Barracks Halifax for RCN Air Section (Dartmouth) for 18th Carrier Air Group as pilot in 826 Squadron as Senior Pilot 1947. He served in HMCS Warrior for 826 Squadron. He served in HMCS Shearwater 1948. He served in HMCS Magnificent. He served in H.M.S. Vulture for 736 RN Squadron Senior Naval Air Warfare Course 1949. He served in HMCS Bytown for NHQ as Staff Officer 1949. He served in HMCS Shearwater for 826 Squadron as Senior Pilot 1950. He served in HMCS Shearwater for 881 Squadron as Senior Pilot 1951. He served in HMCS Shearwater for Junior Officer Leadership and Technical Courses 1951. He was appointed as a Lieutenant-Commander (P) RCN (With seniority dated 12/04/1953). He served in HMCS Iroquois for Watchkeeping Certificate. He served in HMCS Shearwater for TAG and VU-32 Squadron. He served in USNAS Pensacola FL USA on Staff of Chief of Naval Air Training as Canadian Naval Liaison Officer 1955, He was appointed as an A/Commander (P) RCN (With seniority dated 01/06/1957). He served in HMCS Shearwater as Commanding Officer VS-880 Squadron 1957. He served in HMCS Bonaventure for VS-880 Squadron as Commanding Officer 1959. He served in HMCS Shearwater for VS-880 Squadron 1959. He served in RCAF Saskatoon for UICP Course 1960. He served in HMCS Patriot as Staff Officer (Air Reserves) and UICP Reserve Squadrons at Downsview ON and Patricia Bay BC. He served in HMCS York as Staff Officer 1964. (He was retired 09/12/1967. (Qualified as a pilot for naval aviation and with a Watchkeeping certificate.)
 
Vessels Owned
Aircraft Flown Total Flying Hours (Day): 4,785.3. Total Flying Hours (Night): 358.3. Total Deck Landings: 306 (day), 54 (night). Service Aircraft Flown: Tiger Moth, Stearman N2S, Vultee SNV, Harvard SNJ, Avenger TBF & TBM, Seafire III & XV & XVII, Swordfish, Anson V, Firefly II & Trainer, Seafury XI, Beechcraft C-45, Neptune P2V, Trojan T-28B, Tracker CS2F, Silver Star TV2/T-33, Skynight F3D. Panther F9F-2, Bell HTL-6. Civilian Aircraft Flown: Cessna 182, Piper Apache 23, A-26.
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References
MacFarlane, John and Robbie Hughes (1997);
Last update
2011-02-13

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