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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193428
Last updated: 16 March 2020
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Date:04-FEB-1941
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic T6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American Harvard II
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 2704
C/n / msn: 66-2437
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:ca 2 mi off Nottawasaga Bay, ON -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:1 SFTS RCAF Camp Borden
Destination airport:
Narrative:
The Harvard II 2704 of No. 1 Service Flying Training School RCAF, Camp Borden, Ontario, crashed on a detached ice floe on 4 February 1941, 1.5 to 2 miles off-shore in Nottawasaga Bay, Ontario. Small parts of the aircraft apparently the wings, were spread over a large area, but the engine and main body of the aircraft appeared to have gone through the ice to the bottom of the lake.

The above was observed from the air and it was impossible to reach the spot on the surface. Due to bad weather and a heavy southerly gale the ice flow completely disappeared on 8 February 1941, and salvage operations were suspended until the spring.

In mid May 1941 salvage operations located the wreckage approx 3 miles north west from the Nottawasaga River in the Georgian Bay in approx 60 feet of water. By mid June a major portion of the wreck was brought to the surface. Divers searched the lake bottom but no bodies were found in the water or in the wreck. The search was subsequently abandoned. LAC Claude Murray Ross RAAF 400156 (Trainee Pilot) and LAC Colin Tolhurst Arthur RAAF 407110 (Trainee Pilot).

Sources:

https://www.awm.gov.au//catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z017_1.pdf
https://www.awm.gov.au//catalogue/research_centre/pdf/rc09125z018_1.pdf
http://web.archive.org/web/20071028085929/http://www.ody.ca/%7Ebwalker/RCAF_2700_2749_detailed.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
09-Feb-2017 12:10 Laurent Rizzotti Added
30-Dec-2017 20:12 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Nature, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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