McLennan, Hilbert Alexander

Personal Information

Rank F/S
Forename(s) Hilbert Alexander
Surname McLennan
Gender M
Age 26
Date of Death 03-01-1942
Next of Kin Son of Daniel Sandy McLennan and Elizabeth McLennan (née Campbell), of Apple Hill, Ontario, Canada.

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Vickers Wellington IC
Serial Number X9640

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Stratford-On-Avon Cemetery
Grave Reference Grave 4048.

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 1
Panel Number 72

Enlistment Information

Service Number R/62633
Service Royal Canadian Air Force
Group 6
Squadron 22 OTU
Trade Navigator
Country of Origin Canada

Miscellaneous Information

Hilbert was born on 6 September 1915 at Monroe Mills, Glengarry County, Ontario. His father was a mail carrier, born at Monroe’s Mills and his mother was born at Martintown, Ontario. The schools he attended were Apple Hill, Public, 1923-1930 and then Avonmore High school 1931-1935 (Jnr Matric). His sport interests were softball, hockey, tennis and swimming. His hobby was stamps and he enjoyed reading about motor cycles. Hilbert worked as a transport driver for P.H. Cameron at Apple Hill between 1935-1938 and then as a Mucker at International Nickel, Leval, Ontario between 1938-1939. He then took over from his father as a Mail carrier for the Post Office Department from 1939-1940.
On 6 July 1940 Hilbert then enlisted. When he had completed his training he embarked to the U.K. and arrived at 3PRC on 29 June 1941. He then went to 1.S.S.on 7 July 1941 and 22 OTU 30 September 1941. It was from there that Hilbert sadly lost his life on 3 January 1942.

Casualty Pack Number Find Out More

AIR 81/11330 (P365086/42)

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Fellow Servicemen

Last Operation Information

Start Date 03-01-1942
End Date 03-01-1942
Takeoff Station Wellesbourne Mountford
Day/Night Raid Day
Operation Training- Night exercise
Reason for Loss Engine failed on return, the aircraft crash-landed, brought down power lines and finally came to rest on a river bank

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IBCC is delighted to introduce a unique facility to link the Losses Database to the relevant RAF Casualty Pack on the National Archives website. This project is the result of on-going collaboration between IBCC, the MOD Records Office and National Archives, Kew. This document describes what Casualty Packs are, when they were created, the process of making them available to the public and then goes on to describe the process by which you can view the contents of the packs. Casualty Packs (CPs) were created by the RAF whenever there was serious injury or loss of life associated with operational activity within the RAF. This includes operational flying losses, enemy action due to air raids, road accidents either on station or even off-station if they involved RAF vehicles. Deaths due to natural causes in service or accidents that did not involve RAF vehicles did not generally give rise to a CP.

CPs were originally given a unique reference number by the RAF. Each begins with the letter ‘P’ and is followed by six digits, then an oblique (forward slash) and the finally the year in which the incident took place- for example P396154/42.

The CPs are in the process of being made available to the general public as they are passed from the MOD Records Office, Portsmouth to National Archives, Kew. This process requires some rework to the files which is very time consuming, so the process of making them all available to National Archives will take several years. They are being made available in increasing date order.

Once CPs arrive at National Archives they are assigned a unique AIR81 number, so each CP has both a P-number and an AIR81 number. Both are searchable on the National Archives website under ‘Search the catalogue’ and both are included on the IBCC website.

The AIR81 reference on the IBCC website is a link to the file on the National Archives website. When you click on it, the relevant page will open in a new tab on your browser.

There is currently no plan to digitise AIR81 files, partly because they are fragile and partly because the information they contain can at times be sensitive, even harrowing, since they may contain exhumation reports and even photographs of corpses. Family members wishing to read the AIR81 files relating to their ancestors are advised to exercise caution and be guided by National Archives warnings where appropriate.

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To attend in person, the attendee should first create a Reader’s Ticket. This can be done online by following this link: Then click on the AIR81 reference on the IBCC website and click Order in Advance. Enter your Reader’s Ticket number and state the date on which you intend to visit. National Archives will have the file ready for you when you arrive, saving you time. When you visit Kew, you must quote the Reader’s Ticket number and take along two forms of ID- one bearing your signature and one bearing your address. When you view the files, you are permitted to take photographs of each page, should you wish.

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