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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 165248
Last updated: 21 August 2019
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Date:13-DEC-1940
Time:11:16 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic a17 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Northrop A-17A
Owner/operator:Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
Registration: 3521
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Lake Muskoka, Ontario -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RCAF Station Camp Borden, Ontario
Destination airport:RCAF Auxiliary Airfield Muskoka, Ontario
Narrative:
On 12-DEC-1940, RCAF Northrop A-17A Nomad 3503 with a solo student from RCAF Station Camp Borden went missing. The next day the RCAF launched 50 aircraft to search for the missing Nomad. Among those launched were two Northrop A-17A Nomad planes, 3521 and 3512, of No. 1 SFTS, Camp Borden. The two aircraft were to remain in visual contact with each other during the search and to recover at Muskoka Auxiliary Airfield for refuelling.

The two aircraft had completed their initial search and were heading for Muskoka Airfield as ordered. Witnesses saw the two aircraft in formation at approximately 11:16 EST over Lake Muskoka when they collided mid-air and crashed into the lake. The Accident investigation Report states that the weather at the time was fit for flying, ceiling and visibility unlimited. Several websites describe the weather as poor visibility, but the AIB does not list the weather as a contributing factor to the mid-air collision.

The wreckage of 3512 was discovered on 9-JAN-1941 in Lake Muskoka and the bodies of both crew members were found in the wreckage and recovered. However, 3521 could not be located.

On 27-JUL-2010, with guidance from the local community, the Ontario Provincial Police's (OPP) Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU), surveyed and located the aircraft in Muskoka Lake. In October 2012, Canadian Armed Forces divers from the Fleet Diving Unit (Atlantic) with the assistance of the OPP USRU and a forensic scientist from the Directorate of History and Heritage, retrieved the remains of the two airmen, RAF Flight Lt. Peter Campbell and RCAF Leading Aircraftsman Theodore Bates,. The remainder of the aircraft was recovered and has been transported to the National Air Force Museum of Canada, located at 8 Wing Trenton, Ontario. Immediate measures were taken to prevent any further deterioration until a decision is made on how best to display the remains of the aircraft as a memorial.

Sources:

http://www.cmp-cpm.forces.gc.ca/dhh-dhp/dc-tc/bc-bc-eng.asp
http://www.rcaf-arc.forces.gc.ca/en/article-template-standard.page?doc=nomad-aircraft-recovery-completed/i2kafllh
http://www.muskokaratepayers.ca/News/Articles-and-Publications/Article/Planes-Crash-into-Lake-Muskoka-a-True-Story/
http://gadling.com/2011/07/27/missing-plane-found-71-years-after-it-disappeared/
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/3067004/posts
http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/attempt-begins-to-recover-military-plane-nearly-74-years-after-lake-crash-1.2813123?cmp=rss
Joe Baugher: Northrop MSN 38-354; Temp delivery registration NX-N46; RCAF 3521


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Apr-2014 13:43 gerard57 Added
26-Oct-2014 08:14 gerard57 Updated [Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2016 07:51 yukonjack Updated [Time, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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