Brooklyn Avenue: Stories by the number: 1 Brooklyn Apts #4

By Joanne Doucette (

A Ghostly Voice

Brooklyn Apartments, 1944
Flying Officer Medhurst arrives in England
Toronto Star, April 19, 1943
Bombardier killed, Medhurst, Globe and Mail, January 27, 1944
A Royal Air Force Handley Page Halifax B.V Series 1 (Special) (s/n EB151, “OO-R”) of No. 1663 Heavy Conversion Unit based at Rufforth, Yorkshire (UK), getting airborne from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor, Yorkshire, during a training flight. Flying Officer W. Bellamy, Royal Air Force official photographer – This is photograph CH 11529 from the collections of the Imperial War Museums.

From his military records:
Name:  Reginald Chester Pelham Medhurst
Rank:                                    Flying Officer
Death Age:                           27
Birth Year:                             abt 1917
Death Date:                          13 Apr 1944
Military Base:                        Lissett, Yorkshire, England
Service Number:                    J23727
Unit:                                     1663 Heavy Conversion Unit, attached from 158 Squadron
Command:                            Bomber Command
Ship [Airplane]:                     Handley Page Halifax V
Occupation:                          Air Bomber
Casualty:                              Killed whilst flying
Residence Place:                  Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Burial Place:                         Harrogate (Stonefall) Cemetery, Yorkshire, England
Notes:                                  stalled and crashed at Healaugh moments after taking off from Rufforth on a night training flight, one survivor

For more about this airforce base see

Toronto Star, August 10, 1945
Toronto Star, September 15, 1945

Published by Leslieville Historical Society

Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

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