M.900 First Officer  John Ludlow Glover 
  b. 4 Jul 1915, Kamloops, B.C., Canada 

 2 Jan 1943 to 1 Apr 1944

8 May 1944 to 12 Aug 1944


   ATA

     

 Father: Frank Ludlow Glover (d. 1963)

Ed. University of British Columbia (Mechanical Engineering)

m. (divorced 1944)

Next of kin: (mother) Violet Kathleen Isabelle Glover (d. 1950)

prev. RCAF Sep 1935 to Oct 1939, then RAF Ferry Command (Sgt. Pilot/Navigator)

Address in 1943: (parents) 2392 W.41st Ave, Vancouver. B.C.

 


 Postings: 5TFPP, 4FPP, No. 4 OTU Alness

Instructor's Report Jun 1943: "This pilot has a higher opinion of his capabilities and knowledge than is warranted. However, if he puts himself to it, he can do very well."

 

Because of a mix-up when he signed his original contract for the ATA, John was being paid American rates, rather than those available to Canadian citizens.

So, in late 1943, towards the end of his first contract, the ATA offered him (and Helen Harrison) an extension on what were called 'Dominion Contracts' rather than those offered to American pilots. However, John said that he "could not afford to accept the terms of a Domininion Agreement owing to commitments at home, including the education of his brother."

By this time, he was one of very few ATA pilots cleared to ferry aircraft from Class VI (flying-boats), and his record since joining ATA being "very satisfactory... he seems to be a very quiet and desirable type of pilot.", they eventually offered him an extension of his existing contract to 31 Mar 1944, with a subsequent Dominion Contract for 11 months, "which he must sign, or go.".

He went. "F/O Glover has decided that he is not prepared to sign a Dominion Contract", and sailed from Scotland on the 10th April in SS Queen Elizabeth, arriving in New York on the 16th..

By the 23 April, however, he had discovered that there were no pilot jobs in N. America for him, and cabled:

HAVE RECONSIDERED DOMINION CONTRACT AM WILLING TO RETURN IF YOU REQUIRE MY SERVICES and then a few days later

I REALIZE MY MISTAKE IN REJECTING YOUR OFFER TO CONTINUE WORKING FOR ATA STOP I HOPE MY REQUEST TO RETURN WILL BE CONSIDERED

He re-started with the ATA on 8 May.

 

 4 accidents, 2 not his fault:

- 10 Sep 1943, the port wing tip float of Sunderland III DD833 collapsed while it was being towed. "probably due to inexperience of pilot and towing crew"

- 24 Dec 1943, he force-landed a Catalina IV after starboard engine failure

- 28 Feb 1944, the port engine of his Anson caught fire in the air and he managed to extinguish the flames (despite, apparently, using the "incorrect method") and landed without damage.


 

d. 12 Aug 1944, in Barracuda II MD805 on a ferry flight from Wroughton via Kirkbride to Prestwick. He appears to have lost control in performing steep turns around a Tiger Moth, and crashed in a field one mile SW of Annan, Dumfriesshire.

  


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