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Couling, Macquarrie Lines - Flying Officer - Pilot (1949)

posted 9 May 2013, 07:11 by Bill Bishop   [ updated 31 Oct 2016, 10:03 by Garry Alexander ]

F/O M.L. Couling (90140) was from Toronto, Ontario.  He was killed July 5, 1949 at age 25.
He was born in Toronto, Ontario on January 10, 1924, the son of  George Lencelotte and Vera (nee Lines) Couling of Toronto, Ontario.

He is commemorated on Page 20 of the 'In the Service of Canada' Book of Remembrance.  CLICK HERETO VIEW PAGE

F/O Couling was a member of the RCAF during the Second World War and died when the Harvard (3121) he was piloting crashed exploded near Mountainview Airfield, Ontario.  
A passenger, LAC Clifton James Thornton of Toronto was also killed.


F/O Couling is buried in the Veterans section of Toronto (Prospect) Cemetery, Grave 580, Section 1.

Article From Toronto Reference Library

In 1949 - the Squadron was at Deseronto (east of Trenton) for the annual two-week summer deployment.  The pilot was 25-years-old and was on a training flight.
The backseater was an LAC from Base Toronto (was not part of 400) – he had some pilot training during WW2 but elected to be a Radio Tech.  For his good performance at the deployment he was ‘rewarded’ with a trip in the back seat.  The LAC left a wife and three kids - the pilot was single. 

The aircraft apparently spun in from a significant height and exploded on impact.  Blazing gasoline set a house and crops on fire. The house burned to the ground (no injuries) and there was significant crop damage over a large area – farmers had to man plows and create a fire break to stop more crops and houses from being burned. The bodies were burned – closed casket funerals.  

Weather was not a factor.

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