| This Arctic North (northern parts of Canada and Alaska) is a cruel environment for men and machine; for planes it is no different. The weather creates all sorts of hazards, the terrain offers its own variety of opportunities for disaster.
Men are prone to make mistakes and machines are bound to fail at some point. Here are some of the results. I hope we can establish the identities and the locations of these planes, help will be welcomed.
I am taking a few liberties on this particular wreck, because this is not in the far up in the Arctic North, but rather in a remote part of British Columbia. Its remoteness is a key factor here but also a tribute to the the endeavour of a rather intrepid young man (and equally so can be said for his partner) to head out in the wilderness!.
This item was shared by Christopher Lennie in Aug.2018
Iinitially I had trouble finding the location on Google Maps and Google Earth Pro of Stokes Point (Airport),
EMAIL me for any more information or photos you may be able to provide regarding this event; thank you.
Ken Ettie wrote me in Feb.2010:
Reactions welcome EMAIL (but sure to state the -url- (link) and subject!!!)
Ken Ettie also wrote me in june 2017, making me aware of this 2009 event:
And here is a 2017 response to the B-17 at Bennett (or Bennet) Lake, also by Ken Ettie, he emailed me this links:
Yukon Transportation Museum, Whitehorse, Yukon Territory
Returning to Mr. Ettie’s earlier note: the only thing I can think of, that relates to his story, is about a B-24 (B-25? -
Webmaster) in a lake NW of Whitehorse; several groups spent a great deal of time and money searching a lake in the late 1980s and 1990s with no reported results (not that I know of at least).
The location was Wellesley Lake.
Funny thing though: to date there is absolutely no evidence the USAAF ever lost a B-24 in the Yukon, missing, crashed or otherwise!?!
Maybe someone can correct me on this.
I often wonder if the B-24 story was somehow mixed up with the C-54 at Snag story (about half way down this page): slightly different time frames, both large 4 engine aircraft and Wellesley Lake is very close to the expected flight path of the missing C-54; which was the perfect place to make an emergency landing, on solid lake ice in the middle of a Yukon winter."
Reactions welcomed (email -state url of this page for reference please-)
Robert Holden responded Jan.2015: "With reference to a downed B-25
Mitchell bomber near Whitehorse, YT in 1952. I was stationed there in
1952 with the RCMP. We received an alert regarding this plane and I was
a spotter, I believe on a Lancaster, for two days. Snow conditions made it
impossible to see.
|In May 2014 I received following contribution to the website from Marguerite Randall:
"For your use: the year was 1938 and the pilot was Ted Stull, my father. A recap of the crash was in the May 4, 1988 Northern Miner ('Odds and Sods').
Marguerite added: It was a Bellanca Airbus, CF-BBJ.
Here´s another crashsite of which I presume the wreckage is now long gone, but the details are worthy of mentioning here. George Chomkovski sent this photo to me to help find the background of this situation and Gordon Olafson provided the details, almost a year later (Dec.2014).
|Felix Stadler wrote me in april 2014:
"I have visited a few of those wrecks shown on your webpage 'Abandoned Wrecks' in the past, with the help of your page, and plan to visit more of them in the future.
There is a RCAF C-47A wreck near Port Hardy, Vancouver Island that I did not see mentioned anywhere on your page.
I visited it in March 2009 and took some pictures. The corresponding aviation-safety.net page complete with the exact location:
Felix Stadler has an inspiring website (landscape, transport, architecture, misc); click on the link www.555nm.de or:
| The Arctic North (northern parts of Canada and Alaska) is a cruel environment for men and machine; for planes it is no different. The weather creates all sorts of hazards, the terrain offers its own variety of opportunities for disaster.
Men are prone to make mistakes and machines are bound to fail at some point. Here are some of the results. I hope we can establish the identities and the locations of these planes, help will be welcomed.
Mark Stephen sent me another link on 14Jun21: www.gotofino.com/- - -/tofino-place-crash- -/
Jan Fr. Mack made me notice this WW2 B-24 bomber, the wreckage surviving at Atka Island (Aleuts), Alaska.
Jason Streitmann wrote me in Nov.2011:
DC-3 at Reindeer Lake, July 2006
In July 2006 a very unteresting thread was started by the King of Obsolete on
www.avcanada.ca/forums. He published these 2 photos, with a link to the story on his website: http://kingofobsolete.ca/discovery_of_the_dc3_airplane_webpage.htm
Dirk Septer added to this (Oct.2006):
Read about how the King is planning to salvage this DC-3,
This photo was published on that same forum and thread.
I have a feeling this concerns a DC-3/C-47 I paid a visit, see: C-47 in the Ruby Mountains.
Photo taken by Neil Murtsell (alias 'Scudrunner') -->www.scudrunners.com
|Again on that same forum / thread, another contribution by the King of Obsolete:
"This Curtiss C-46 Commando in Churchill,Manitoba is set up with a picnic table and everything. Here is the picture thanks to "Google Earth. it is painted to look good and you walk inside on the plywood floor and sit in the seat for a picture; it is even on the Churchill tourist map."
Must admit I couldn't find it on Google Earth.
Aad van der Voet (Old Wings) identified it as Curtiss Commando C-46 C-GYHT c/n 22375.
This website www.churchillmb.net/~cccomm/pintrest.htm (dead link) provided the following:
"Miss Piggy - this is a crashed C46 aircraft that was operated by Lamb Air. She is found on the scenic route road along Hudson Bay shortly before it ends, close to the Institute of Arctic Ecophysiology. She is called Miss Piggy because she was able to hold so much freight and once did have pigs on board. On Nov 13 (19), 1979 she was flying a cargo of 1 skidoo and many cases of pop for the Arctic Co-op from Churchill to Chesterfield inlet. She lost oil pressure in her left engine shortly after departing Churchill. The crew of 3 tried to return the aircraft to the Churchill airport. They clipped hydro poles with one wing just before the IAEP lab and crash landed on the rocks there. 2 of the 3 crew were seriously injured. Investigation of the failed engine only revealed small metal chips through out. Her oringal paint of white and red with the Lamb Air markings has been painted over with gray for a movie."
Try this link: www.weirdgoogleearth.com/curtiss-c-46-commando/
The King sent me this picture, which 'kinda' makes me want to put on my boots, grab the camera and go there...
Here is Jack Lamb's book, the story of flying in the great white north:
www.artbookbindery.com/TheBookshelfComplete.htm (dead link by dec.2011)
My Life In The North is a story of Jack Lamb, his father Tom, and his five brothers. They owned and operated Lambair Limited from bases at The Pas, Thompson, and Churchill, Manitoba during the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. They lived all their lives flying as bush pilots in Northern Manitoba and the Canadian Arctic. This book highlights some of their adventures while operating scheduled and charter flights. The company motto was "Do Not Ask Us Where We Fly - Tell Us Where You Want To Go". Recommended reading.
The famous Miss Piggy C46 plane crash site:
www.tc.gc.ca/PrairieAndNorthern/churchillairport/menu.htm (dead link)
See also my Page 7 of Photos by Friends and Guests, for 2 more photos of C-GYHT.
Jackie Robinson sent me a photo taken on 16Nov07:
Here's as 2018 update, taken from a tv (SBS6) show where a Dutch tv celebrity, Humberto Tan, is treated
Churchill, Manitoba - June 26th, 2017.
sent me this image in July 2007:
Brian Maddison followed this up with the following:
In Sep.2007 I received following email:
The photo on the left (below) makes it clear that the cockpit has been salvaged.
The photo on the right illustrates how the wreckage is easily overlooked these days, trees encroaching the wreck site.
Alexandre Avrane (of AeroTransport Data Bank) suggested another crash of a C-46:
Joe Baugher describes an interesting history:
Allen added: "When CZH crashed by Thompson I was an apprentice AME working for Lambair and taking my private pilot license training. Lambair acquired YHT (Miss Piggy in Churchill), just before I left Lambair to work for Avalon aviation on PBY,s used for aerial fire suppression.
Seems like a veritable Curtiss Commando scrapyard up there in Manitoba..!
This image was displayed at the AvCanada forum (topic), by 'N181CS'; he added: "this is a DC-3, about 16 miles west of Shamattawa, about 3 miles south of the Winter Road. I was told it was hauling lumber at night and lost an engine. As you can tell its been there for sometime due to the growth around it..."
GPS Co-ordinates for the DC3 near Shamattawa ( also written as Shamathawa) are:
This photo was grabbed from the AvCanada forum (topic), posted by 'HotShots21' (alias for Alex St-Gelais) with comments "CF-CPA a Lockheed Lodestar forced landed in the 60's."
[Date of photo: August 2007]
CF-CPA is Lodestar c/n 18-2177 and the subject of serious intentions to recover it. Its location is near Weeks Lake or Schefferville,QUE and it found this resting spot when it was forced down by fuel starvation.
"This Lockheed 18 Lodestar was one of those slated to join the Dutch East Indies Air Force in Java in 1940 where it was to have been given the serial number LT-926. However, when the Japanese overran Java, the Lodestar was diverted (seized, might be a better term) by the U.S. Government to the Army Air Corps as a C-60-LO and given the serial number 42-108787. The Army Air Corps never used the plane and released it to Canadian Pacific Air Lines in the early 1940s...." MORE: www.cf-cpa.ca/en/history.shtml
This wreckage lies at Beaver Creek, though I have no specifics of where this is nor the date of the photo. Google Maps link.
The photo was taken by Neil 'Scudrunner' Murtsell who tells his tales on www.scudrunners.com
I used Google Maps to search for 'Snag' (right) and 'Beaver Creek' (below).
Sheldon Rose wrote me in June 2007:
Craig Fuller, of AAIR Aviation Archaeological Investigation & Research, emailed me in May 2012:
I recently (6-2013) found there was a Wikipedia page on this:
Christened 'Operation Mike' there is also a Facebook page on the search for this Douglas C-54. Dean Russell, a supporter to the cause of finding this lost C-54, took out his helicopter on 20Sep2014 and searched & photographed various locations. Alas, the C-54 remained invisible. The search is described on the Facebook page. Below is a photo taken by Dean Russell of Snag Airport.
Matt Miller wrote Feb.2008:
John Bradley wrote me in May 2021, on Matt's comment above: "That Dakota that force landed on a lake
John Bradley also wrote me, on below photo and KJ936: "This No.435 Squadron Dakota KJ936 stalled on take-off from Whitehorse on
RCAF Dakota KJ936.
Andy Beebe sent me this photo in May 2012, he wrote: "This is a picture of the RCAF Dakota KJ-936 taken from an after action report of 'Exercise Sweetbriar'. I discovered it while researching the loss of C-54 42-72469 in the Yukon." [No source/photographer for the image provided]
Bob Cameron wrote me in April 2017:
"I recognize this one as the one that crashed off the south end of the Whitehorse runway in February of 1950.
If I remember rightly, hearing the grown-ups talking about it at the time, it was the regular (weekly?) Air Force scheduled flight up from Edmonton, and it experienced an engine failure either upon its arrival, or after take-off - I don't recall which.
In any case, the story was that the pilot turned in on the dead engine, causing a loss of control at inadequate airspeed, and it dropped down into the trees off the end of the runway.
There were no fatalities.
After the Air Force had completed their investigation, a bull dozer was sent in to destroy it and make it unrecognizeable, but it was not buried for many years.
Back in the 1950's some of us kids rode our bicycles out to the site, and I took that picture that appears as 002. Sometime in the 1960's it did get buried, and only the odd piece could be seen sticking out of the ground..."
Some photos were included with this email:
No mention of identity (serial number) of the aircraft. See information by John Bradley below.
The sign reads: DAKOTA PLANE CRASH - 1946
Jeff Rankin-Lowe wrote;
John Bradley wrote me in May 2021, 'RCAF Dakota Crash 19 January 1946'¬
Images at following links (updated Nov.2020) show another surviving wreck: CF-ILQ of Austin Airways.
CF-ILQ crashed 09Jan64, flying cargo, near Rupert River,QUE.
Jeff Rankin-Lowe provided the following history:
Ron sent me an update on 17June09, writing:
"I received several pictures of the crash site from Rangers who were there at the CF-ILQ wreck last week."
Ron wrote me in Nov.2020: "I’ve heard from a lot of people, old pilots and bushplane historians. Your site must get a lot of traffic. More people looking for pictures of old planes and wanting to walk into wreck.
Having all of my grandfathers pictures from when he flew (have hundreds) and his memoirs on five tapes.
I’ve been writing his stories based on the tapes.
Most the stories are posted to various Facebook groups such as historic northern Ontario, DHC2 Beaver, etc."
Grandfather George, copilot, in hospital after crash
|Pascal wrote me about an overland trip he did in 2012 and where he came upon C-47 CF-ILQ:
"Two years ago I found the details of C-47 CF-ILQ crash in the north of Quebec on your website.
Last summer I travelled to this place!"
That same thread provided also these 2 photos of a Bristol Freighter... A sad sight!
I would welcome the name of the photographer for a proper credit.
Aad van de Voet provided the following details: "This is Bristol 170 Freighter Mk.31 CF-TFZ, c/n 13139, which was flying for Pacific Western Airlines at the time. It crashed there on 30 May 1956, only two months after PWA had acquired it..."
Dirk Septer added the following:
Sean Barry zoomed past and sent me these photos, which I believe were taken in Feb.2007
|Ken Lubinski sent me these photos in Sep.2007; he recalled those days as follows:
"The Bristol was probably photographed late 1970's. The one pic shows the old mine cabin. Fellow on the left was the cook (Henry) and on the right my helper (Rick). I cannot recall their last names.
We spent the month of Feb at that camp. It was very cold... At night water would freeze in the cabin. All the packing between the logs had fallen out, so the wind would blow right between the logs. Every morning we would have little snow drifts on our sleeping bags!
I was doing exploration drilling at the old uranium mine for a company out of BC. I believe the company name was Noranda. Could be wrong on that one.
Of all the years of working the Arctic, Baffin Island included, I have never witnessed Northern Lights as intense as they were there! For two nights the sky was literally alive from one horizon to the other. The colors were so vibrant, and the movement of the lights was scarry! They seemed like they were just above the tree tops."
Andreas sent me this link www.flickr.com/photos/yellowknifesilke
In Dec.2007 I received following email:
Anyone with any sightings (or fate) after Dec.1970 of Lambair's Bristol Freighter CF-WAC:
Jerry Vernon added to this: 90° West is not in Manitoba,, it runs up through Northwestern Ontario... Big Trout Lake, Ontario is bisected by the 90° West meridian, at just below 54° North; Big Trout Lake is the village of the Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation!! They were formerly known simply as the Big Trout Lake First Nation.
Note that Lambair operated four Bristol Freighters in all, as follows, but the Lambair website gives no further details:
Dirk Septer added the following:
Dirk added the following information he found on the 'long-nosed' CF-QWJ:
Unidentified Canso, with sketchy data:
Erik Thingbo wrote in March 2011 on Yahoo's CV-Canso forum
"I have the following from a friend in Canada, Dan Gudmundsson.
That Canso with the broken wingtip, I think it was from Flying Firemen of Edmonton AB, they were on a pickup and lost control of the aircraft and managed to beach it. I heard they made a temporary fix by inserting some 2x4 lumber in the wing and ferrying it to Edmonton. I was on the same fire, but didn’t see the accident happen, they did their pickup with the floats down and that may have contributed to the accident...
I am pretty sure this happened in fall of 1969 or maybe possibly in early summer of 1970.
I flew at the time in CF- IZO from NORCANAIR."
Have any heard about this accident, and which plane it was ?
Erik followed this up by a theory:
"A friend and I have studied the picture and we are pretty sure that the plane is from Kenting Aviation, Toronto, Ontario.
And that it is Canso CF-NJF, now G-PBYA with The Catalina Society, England.
On that time Kenting flew with CF-NJF, CF-NJB and CF-UAW in a blue colour. We studied the window configuration they are different.
CF-NJF has a round window in the starboard cargo hatch, but covered.
CF-NJB has a round window or observer bobble in stb. Cargo hatch.
CF-UAW has a square window in the stb. Cargo hatch
And on Dan's photo there seems to be no window in the stb. Hatch, so therefor it most is likely CF-NJF there on the water.
David Legg will, next time he gets to Duxford, study the Logbook for G-PBYA and see if he can find something."
To be continued!
This is a Canso, about 25 mile NE of Sioux Lookout,ONT.
C-GFFJ is a Canso PBY-6A, it has c/n 2066.
N6456C was obtained by Flying Fireman Ltd of Sidney,BC in June 1980; registered as C-GFFJ and flown as tanker 9. |
It crashed and was destroyed during water pick-up at Sioux Lookout, Ontario on 12Jul81.
Came across this photo of Buffalo's C-FNJE Tanker 702 (PBY-5A c/n CV-437) at the AvCanada website.
It flipped over while scooping water Sitidgi Lake, NWT 24Jul2001. It was recovered from the seabed and brought ashore for repairs.
Curtis voluteered the following on the CV-Canso Yahoo forum:
See the website www.savethecanso.com
Here is a 2012 photo by Nigel Hitchman who visited the farm at Fairview in 2012:
I understand that the correct designation of C-FNJE is Consolidated 28-5AMC Canso, as it is an ex/ RCAF aircraft and not a former US Navy aircraft.
UPDATE Feb.2017 'First flight after restoration fast approaching!'
Dirk Septer provided the text and photo:
Neville Webb has something to say about the crashsite too, he lives in the area, CLICK HERE... Neville revisited the site with a group of hikers, updated his account with photos and two links for videos by a drone!
wrote me in May 2012: "Living in the north has made me appreciate the importance of some of the older wrecked aircraft. I noted you mention the B-36 44-92075 crash site in the Nass River Valley of Northern B.C. but no photos were posted...
I had the opportunity to visit the site in 1997 and was able to gather a number of photos (above). If you wish to use them on your web page please do.
Mike Charters wrote me in Dec.2007 and sent me the following photo:
Mike added: "Thought I’d send a photo of the B-36 Peacemaker near Goose Bay, taken from a Euorocopter EC-155B Helicopter in the Fall of 2005 or 2004 I believe.
Lew Noble remembered how a rumor told a different version of the cause of the crash:
Roger Soupart shared this photo (no source or name of photographer) on his Facebook wall in May 2017:
|Following I received from Mac McCrimmon, at this time without photos, but interesting all the same:
"I was working in the area when the Malcolm Island DC-3 crashed...
I was working for Calm Air in Lynn Lake, flying a Norseman and Beech 18 on floats and used to come to Arctic Lodge a lot. This DC-3 was one of many airplanes that brought guests to what was then called Arctic Lodge, although it is a long way from the real Arctic. I forget the name of the person who owned the lodge but it was a well run organization that catered to groups of sportsmen, as opposed to many fly in fishing camps that catered to individuals and their friends. These airplanes came up from Minnesota with groups and returned with another on a weekly basis. Since they were able to traverse from Winnipeg to Malcolm Island and return without fuel or stopped for fuel in either Flin Flon or The Pas, we, the floatplane operators, saw very little of them.
If you go to Google Earth and key in Malcolm Island, you will see the airport. Now, if you go west and north from the island about 7 or 8 miles in a small bay between two islands, you will see a settlement. That is Arctic Lodge. It is inhabited only in the summer.
Where I got involved in the incident, other than hearing about it, was when one of our company pilots (Calm Air Ltd., Lynn Lake, Manitoba) dumped a Beech 18 (on wheels) over on its back at the airstrip. We just left the airplane there for the winter.
In early spring, a gentleman by the name of Porky Weiben, owner of Superior Airways (of Thunder Bay Ontario), arrived in Lynn Lake with a DC-3 and he said he was going to Malcolm Island to salvage what was salvagable from the wreck. Later on that spring, we flew in to Malcolm Island with a Twin Otter to salvage our Beech 18, only to find that Porky had beat us to it and took all the radios and instruments out of the airplane!
We then simply haywired the tail section up, chopped the roof off the cockpit and taxied the airplane across the ice to Kinasao or Coop Point. We had a problem getting the airplane off the ice so we taxied around to a bay near the airstrip where there was ice right of shore, but about 100 yards (or meters) from shore, the airplane broke through the ice damaging the propellers... so we just chopped the engines off and let the airplane sink!
I have some pictures of the wrecked Beech 18, but they are on slides and I am attempting to put them on something digital but with poor luck...
When I was on the Island, I never got to the wreckage because it was on the south end and we always worked off the north end of the airstrip."
Arctic Lodge is of course a different location than Arctic Bay, which features in the book "My Life in the North" by Jack Lamb and which has an interesting chapter on a mishap with a Beech 18 at Arctic Bay and the plane's recovery.
Joey wrote: "I used my magic marker on the computer and showed you where the Beech 18 should be. I have some pilots tell me, on a clear calm day you can see the Beech 18 in the water... The water up here is clear to over 100 feet!
Joey got the Twin Beech, registered CF-PJG on dry land and hauled it to his 'Kingdom of Obsolete' in Jan.2020 - see the update on my Photos by Friends & Guests #60.
In Jan.2020 Joey wrote: "June 22nd, 2016 we went searching for the Beech 18 that was driven on the ice 20 miles from arctic lodge (Grand Slam Lodge? -RL) to Kinoosao - with the wheels pinned down and with the side scan sonar.
|Gord wrote me in May 2008: "Any idea what this crash is?
This is alongside the abandoned rail line between Sioux Lookout, Ontario and Upsala...
Looks like it may have been pulled out of the lake?"
"We came across it on a backroad motorcycle tour last weekend. We all took some pics and your welcome to use them. I also have the gps coordinates on my gps, here they are:
N 49 18.135'
W 90 44.196'.
We were guessing it's a Beech 18... "
Someone suggested: "It looks like a Beech 18 for sure. Note the battery box hole, the big gap behind it where the fuel tank goes (that has been obviously removed) and the tubular truss structure spar. "
"I remember this wreck from flying over it several times in 1968 and 1969. It was in the trees close to the rail line and at that time was much more intact than shown in the recent photos. It was a Beech 18 that had had engine problems and was put into the trees sometime earlier. I flew for Superior Airways and we made a lot of flights over this area when going between our base in Fort William, (now Thunder Bay) and our Sioux Lookout base. I suspect that at some point someone has done salvage work to retrieve engines etc. from the wreck leaving it in its present condition."
The coordinates N 49 18.135' W 90 44.196' would indicate this location
Lorne Brett sent me these images in Sep.2009; they were taken in 1997.
Robert K. Parmerter, authority on the Beech 18 subject and author of the 'bible' on this subject "Beech 18: A Civil and Military History" (Twin Beech 18 Society, Tullahoma,TN /2004) offered the following reaction to the above-
A post on the AvCanada forum provided the following response from 'imarai':
Another Beech C-45 wreck, also in Ontario, as yet uncertain about the identity and crash background-
Kurt Ariano wrote me in Feb.2020: "I may have found out the registration of a Beech 18 you have posted in the Abandoned Plane Wrecks of the North!
'ZQH had the original RCAF paint scheme when it was purchased from the RCAF. It was owned by a group of Severn Enterprise fellows and flew out of Sioux Lookout, Ontario.
The speed or lighting bolt was modified at a later day after the aircraft left Sioux Lookout for Thunder Bay.
I would like to ask if I may use these two photos in a story I post on the avcanada.ca website each month, in the Bush Flying section. The postings are in the Superior Airways thread and my member name I use is 'beech 18'.
Neil Murtsell (www.scudrunners.com) wrote me in July 2008: "I am the photographer of the pictures from the Beaver Creek and the Ruby Range DC-3's.
Here is a wreck of a BN2 you can add to the collection 63°33'1.49"N 139°54'21.36"W
Crashed while landing at a mining strip called 'Lammers'.
On the AvCanada another interesting item appeared: about a B-29 surviving in Northern Greenland. Those with aircraft preservation at heart will understand the drama when an attempt to recover B-29 "Kee Bird" went awfully wrong in the summer of 1995...
The above shot was taken during Operation 'Boxtop' in 1988 and below was taken during "Boxtop" in 1990
|Jérôme Gagnon sent me this in Dec.2011:
"Here is a link on an article about a KC-97 wreckage in northern Quebec, near Mistassinni Lake and in the Otish mountains area.
It is written in French but I figured there might be some good info for you.
There's also a picture of the tail ":
Photo: Journal de Montréal/Dany Doucet
In April 2019 I received an email: "My father Paulo Trottier is the one who took that picture of the tail
of the B-29. He is a bush pilot and he discovered that plane back in early-90s." ¬Mary Trottier.
Alas, my understanding of French is poor and thus the text of no help.
sent me this image in Jan.2012 while he wrote:
PICKING UP THE PIECES | DENNY McCARTNEY
Denny McCartney is not a writer, but that doesn't show! An immensely nice read.
He wrote a book about the period after his career as Chief Engineer for Northland Airlines, turning to an independent adjuster / repair mecanic / salvage teamleader.
The book describes how he single-handedly or with assistance picked broken planes from glaciers, repaired crashed bushplanes from the trees to fly out again and brought floatplanes facing doom in water or ice safely home.
The period of time this mostly took place was late-1950s to mid-1960s.
Denny succeeded in "first-aid" repairs to fly most of these crashed planes out under own power, some of them were towed or floated by barge.
It is interesting to read what was acceptable as working circumstances, being mostly out in the Arctic North, 19-hour working days, freezing cold, sleeping in tents...
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this book!
Pity the insurance companies ceased this patching-up-getting-them-home business, Denny could have written more books!
Most chapters describe one event, I've tried to list the type of aircraft, tailnumber and/or operator/owner:
"In the list of accidents covered in Denny McCartney's book 'Picking up the Pieces', the Connelly-Dawson Beaver was CF-GYK and the Peterson Air Service Cessna 180 was CF-LCA. My Dad was on both those jobs with Denny, and Dad flew both those aircraft out after bush repairs were completed.
I later flew both those aircraft on commercial operations. I also owned the Beaver CF-FHZ (in that list) in later years."
In Feb.2017 Bob wrote me: "About those two you previously showed 'sans' registration (Cessna 180 - Peterson's Air Service CF-LCA) and the Beaver (Connelly-Dawson Airways CF-GYK).
|Crash site of Royal Canadian Air Force Canso A 11007 revisited by © Dirk Septer 2009 in .PDF format|
In aug.2015 I received following request (on which I had no information to offer:
This is some of the Wikipedia info:
Aviation Safety Network (ASN) on CF-CPC' disappearance
If you have any info to offer, please email the webmaster (pls state the url/link you are referring to)
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