M.469 First Officer   John Burge Erickson

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  b. 26 Jul 1906, Oklahoma City, OK  9 Jun 1941 to May-42

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prev. an airplane mechanic from 1935, and a Flight Instructor at Oklahoma Air College

prev. exp. 3,500hrs

Address in 1941: 220 S Lake St, Ponca City, OK

m. to Dorothy Louise [Young], 1 child

Postings: AFTS, as Instructor

"A natural pilot" - ATA's Chief Instructor T.G.L. Gale said: "It was because I had the highest opinion of his character that I selected him for instructional duties ... his work has been excellent and highly successful and has deservedly earned him the praise of his superiors and the gratitude of his pupils."

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d. 9 May 1942 (Died in ATA Service) in Blenheim I K7086. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft's tail was broken in a collision with another Blenheim (L8439, piloted by First Officer Richard S Pavey (M.445)) which had also just taken off, and it dived into the ground and caught fire.

Trainee Pilot Thomas Walton, a director of Burnley Aircraft Products Ltd, was also killed. F/O Pavey survived with a fractured shoulder, spinal injuries, shock and burns.

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Buried at Maidenhead Cemetery - Sec. D. Row K.K. Grave 21.


His brother Glenn had sent him this photo of himself, wife Ruby and their child outside their house in California in April 1942:

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 Download ATA Pilot Personal Record (.zip file):

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