The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada on July 24, 1945 · Page 11
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The Ottawa Journal from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada · Page 11

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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Tuesday, July 24, 1945
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5 Airmen Killed When Plane Dives Into Lake Deschenes Two Flyers Rescued by Boat After Crash on 'Glassy' Water Five crew members were killed and two others had a narrow escape from drowning when a giant Uanso ilyang boat crashed into the mir ror - smooth waters of Lake Deschenes shortly after three o'clock Monday afternoon. Air Commodore Jeff ery O'Brian, Commanding Officer of Rockcliffe Air Station, issued the following official report shortly after 10 o'doci last night, after receiving notification and full details of the crash: Official Report. "A Canso aircraft of No. 162 R.CAJ. Squadron, formerly employed in anti - U - boat operations from Iceland, and now an attachment of a photographic unit at Rockcliffe, was engaged in making practice landings on Lake Deschenes. "It is thought that glazy water, and a low haze made it difficult to Judge the landing. The airplane crashed, and only two of the crew of seven are known to have sur - The report of the crash was' lecelved ' at Rockcliffe Air station at 330 o'clock yesterday after - "Immediately a Spitfire of the photo reconnaissance unit was despatched to the aid of the Canso crew, while a Grumman Goose aircraft, flown by Wing Commander Gordon Diamond, DJT.C, officer commanding the communications squadron, landed at the scene of the crash shortly afterwards. "A land party headed by Rockcliffe station engineering officers, including ambulances, proceeded to the area, and will remain all night "Arrangements have been made for Bob Simpson, local diving expert, to explore the sunken aircraft in the City of Ottawa's diving equipment. Names of the two air - force crew who were rescued and lemoned to the station hospital, and those who were killed, are known, but cannot, of course, be released until the next - of - kin have been informed." First Lake Crash la Tears. Glassy water and a low haze making it difficult to Judge, a landing were the reasons given by air force officials for the accident, the first in three years of R.C - A - F. photographic operations over Lake Deschenes. In an extort to "rough up" the water to make the landing easier, an HCAT; crash . boat manned by CpL Fred Nightingale on duty at the Britannia Beating Club pier, was circling the area when it was attempted. He managed to pull two men, thrown clear of the wreckage, to safety, but was not able to reach two others, one of whom was caught by the ankle in the fast submerging aircraft. Watchers ea Wychwood and Britaaaia be aches saw the aircraft level off as if to land; hit the water' heavily on one wins, swerve aad tarn turtle. Within a matte of minutes the 'plane sank, two and a half miles west f the beating elnb pier and ee mile soath ef Wychwood. The aircraft belonged to Squadron 1S2 of the photo survey wing - of the R.OA.F. stationed at Rockcliffe. On Monday afternoon it had taken off at five minutes - to two for landing practice on the lake. The majority of its crew and the aircraft itself were 6n antisubmarine patrol out of Iceland up until the end of the European - war and were veterans bf the worst North Atlantic weather. People holidaying on both sides of the river had observed the flying boat's movement for an hour and had seen it make one successful landing. At the first hint of trouble dozens of small pleasure craft swarmed to the scene and earned a special word of thank i from Air Commodore O'Brian. Immediately after Rockcliffe Air Statira was notified at 3.3a pja. of the crash a Spitfire took off aad searched the area with the idea of attempting an air - sea rescue. Later Wing Cm dr. Gordon Diamond of No. 12 Communication Squadron, flew a Oramwaji - Geose 'plane to the spot aad landed but by .that Usee all bat It feet of the star - beard wing of the Canso was submerged. R.C - A.F. ambulances sped to Wychwood and Britannia. The crash boat took the two survivors to the boating club where they were able to walk off the pier to the ambulance though dazed and shocked by their experience and one severely bruised from the waist upwards. Both. were taken to Rockcliffe hospital. After the ambulance came a ground party from the air station to augment the marine detach ment and a guard was posted at once to ward off curious onlookers. Boy Reaches "Plane. John Laurin, 1 2 - year - old son of Dr. and Mrs. Carroll Laurin of Hull, and his uncle, Horace La - pointe. were in the first civilian boat to reach the crippled air craft. The Laurin family had been sitting on the beach in front of their Wychwood cottage when they saw the crash. John rowed the mile from snore, arriving shortly after the crash boat. "I saw two men in the water". he said, referring to the two sur vtvors. Dr. Laarin , said he thought die "plane was "in trouble' before K started to land. 'Before H landed I saw one fellow Jump tear ef the ship". Another eye witness thought he saw the man la a Mae West life Jacket Dr. Laarin said the "plane sank In four or five minutes. Herbert Munro, 45 Ella street, .R. Inspector, who is vacation ing aVhjs Summer home on Shir ley's Bay, "My brotherWj D. Munro, of Montreal, and myself figured on doing a little fishing to pass the afternoon. Wei rowed out Into the bay, quite a distance from the cottage and settled our lines In anticipation of a good afternoon's sport "To the north of us, about a mile, we saw a large seaplane floating on the water, and as I pointed it out to my brother I mentioned that our beach, up until two years ago, was an R.C.A.F. base for such craft We heard the 'plane's engines start up, so' we forgot about the fish for awhile as we watched It race along the Quebec shoreline and take off. "It went for quite a distance before it became airborne, but once out of the water it flew in the general direction of Britannia, then circled back toward us. We watched it as it flew around the bay near the Connaught rifle ranges, then, as it headed towards Britannia again, I wondered if there wasn't something wrong with it It was still flying low . . . too low for what might be termed absolute safety." Opposite Shirley Bay Camp. Cnntlnulna Mm 4i - v Ulr ! Munro said the 'plane reached what he believed, was the point opposite Shirley Bay Boys' Summer camp, then, 'for no apparent reason, nosed over and dived into the water. "The .crash was terrific", he said . . . "something like the highly magnified slap of a beaver's tail against the Water. We rowed as quickly as we could to shore." Many more people on the Wychwood side of the river were aware of the tragedy than on the Britannia shore, a mile and a half farther away from the spot Shortly after the accident happened there were upwards of 200 boats in the vicinity while the beach was crowded with spectators. Few people were on the Britannia Park or boating club piers and fewer still were witnesses of the crash, hampered by the glare of the sunlit water and the haze. With the return of the crash boat club members rushed for their fLmi.i.l.l.lllm.HV KIlHHlllllllll WORLD'S LARGEST, FLYING' BOAT This giant flying boat, one of 20 now nearing completion for the U.S. Navy, is capable of carrying as cargo, the eight Jeeps lined up underneath its wing at the Glenn L. Martin. seaplane base on Middle River near Baltimore, Md. The huge flying boat was christened "Hawaii Mars". (AP Wirephoto.) craft - and hurried out to where the starboard wing showed above the water. In the van was Ralph Sneyd wno later described what he saw "The - flying boat leveUed off at about 20 feet above the water, as If the man thought he was right on the surface of the lake. He was going west right into the sun. "The boat hit the water with a hell of a smack. It seemed to bounce about. SO feet and the tall broke off and It tipped over. The lake was Just like a mirror?. Mr. Sneyd described how CdI Nightingale had found two men floating, shocked and groggy, in tne water ana now he had seen two others, one of whom was caught by his ankle In the door of the 'plane. By the time he had picked up one couple the other two had disappeared. Mr. Sneyd estimated it took two minutes for the plane to sink. On his first trip out he helped to tie a rubber dinghy from the flying boat to the wing as a marker but when he returned the second time the ..wing had disappeared. He thought the water was 30 feet a,t that point. With others he attempted to dive In an effort to release anyone trapped In the cabin but all were forced to give up by the thick blanket of oil and gasoline which spread out over the wreckage. "It was awful to be out there and not be able to do anything", he concluded. Two boys, - Leslie Fredenberg and Alan Foy were among, others who dived.. They said the water was too deep to dive into without a helmet and that the high octane gasoline burned them. Alan estimated the wing of the flying boat stayed up for three quarters of an hour. Leslie saw the two survivors walk from the crash boat to the ambulance. Like a Sailboat A. T. Daley, caretaker of the boating club, described the upset plane with its wing in the air as looking "like a sailboat It was canted over on one side until the pontoon broke off when the plane tipped up". Mr. Daley who looked at the wreck through field glasses from the top of the boat - house said he could see two men clinging to the wing of the plane. The pontoon off the wing tip was later brought ashore with a deep dent in the front John MacKay described the wreckage scattered for 500 yards pieces of torn navigation books. bits of clothing and floating boxes, a shoe, flying helmet and life belts. The boat he was in dropped an anchor to the roof of the cabin and the water was 30 feet deep. "It was too deep to dive", he said. "You felt terribly helpless." There was a continual stream of boats all evening until dusk hid the floating dinghy which served as a marker. Three members of the R.C - A.F. marine detachment spent the night on guard in a motor launch. ' Mayor F. L. Pilgrim and Police Chief Emlle Cote of Aylmer made a special trip out to warn everyone in the vicinity not to strike a match or light a cigarette. It was explained that a spark might ignite one of the many currents of gas escaping from the aircraft's tanks and cause the whole 'plane to explode under water. BUY NEW BUSES. Four new buses, opertfting on the lines serving Aylmer and Chelsea, have been purchased by the Gatlneau Bus Company of Hull, A. V. Gale, general manager of the company, announced Monday. Other buses are ex pected shortly. Add 48 Names To - Those Listed On New Amsterdam A further list of 48 Canadian Army personnel expected to reach Halifax today on the New Amsterdam has been released by army authorities. A previous list, already 'published, contained 80 names. The list is still subject to change. ' The additional names follow: Slddons - Grey, Lieut NS Norma Beatrice, Perth. Mclntyre, Capt Gregory, 90 Smirle Ave. Peters, Lt James, Kingston. Rinder, Capt Francis, 7 Ivy Ave. Smith, Lt James, 406 Glou cester. Crook. Sgt J. S., 28 Wildwood. Westerby, SgtA. F., 589 Wellington St f Abrams, Pte.; J. W., Cornwall. Balcbin, Pte. J. J., 336 Second. Bourdon. Pte. J. Y., 62 Car - ruthers. Bourgulgnon, Pte. J. A., 32 Bayvlew Rd. Campbell, Pte. K. S., 117 Cooper. Case, Gnr. G. O., 11 Primrose. Cattroll. Pte. G. R., 35 King George, Overbrook. Clark, Tpr. E. A., 309 Crlchton. Cloutier, Pte. D. P., Kingston. Craig, Pte. D. M., 11 Primrose. Davidson, Pte. J. A., Kingston. DeRochie, Pte. M. J., Cornwall. Deschamps, Pte. P. J., Cornwall. Doherty, Pte. J. D., 63 Rochester. Elbourne. Pte. C. C. 126 Nelson. Gallinger. Pte. R. F., 338 Gladstone Ave. Gallop, Pte. G. L., Cornwall. Giles, Cpl. K. M.. Chesterville. Giroux, Pte. J. P. E., 105 Nelson. Guthrie, Cfn. N. M., Almonte. Hannan, Gnr. R. C, 348 Tweeds - muir. Allied Troops Begin To Lepve Azores LONDON, July 23. (Reuters) Allied troops are beginning to leave the Azores ac - Ncordlng to the Diario de Lisboa, quoted tonight by the Portugese radio. British troops landed in the Azores in October, 1943 under an agreement with the Portugese Government giving 'the Allies' the use of naval and air bases in the islands. 2 Million Tons Of Bombs for Japan in 1946 LONDON, July 23. (Reuters) More than 2,000,000 tons of bombs three times the amount dropped on Germany will be showered on Japan during 1946, Gen. Arnold, commanding general. United States Army forces, disclosed in Manila today' during an Interview with a correspond ent of Wings, the official Royal Australian Air Force magazine, the Air Ministry reported tonight. "I cannot reveal where these operations will be from", Gen. Arnold added. "When it is realized that the Japanese homeland is only one - tenth the size of the Reich you can see Japan will soon be no place to live in. Enough of Tokyo has already been de stroyed to take it off the list as a priority one target. "We are going to hit Japan with everything we have got Gen. Arnold stated that all the air power he could lay hands on would be used to the maximum extent "and there is going to be a place for both the Royal Aus - - i tralian Air Force and tne Royal Air Force. British bombers will help American forces to bomb the Japanese mainland". Under present plans Canada's air contribution to the Pacific war will consist of a total of 11 squadrons. Hooper, Cpl. H. R., 279 Sher wood Drive. Hopkins, Pte. W. J., 13 Montcalm. Kent, Cpl. T. E., Perth. Landry. Cpl. M., 183 Springfield Road Lanoue, Pte. L. A., 121 Cumberland street Lapensee, Tpr. E. H., 83 Holland. Levasseur, Pte. L. E., Hurd - man's Bridge. MacDonald, Tpr. J. A., 12 Mc - Gee. Mirkiff, Gnr. E. J.. Britannia. Murphy, Gnr. C. A., 110 Wav - erley. Nesbitt, Cfn. A. B., Carleton Place. Nicholas, Pte. J. J., Arnprlor. Palmer, Pte. R. S., 513 Golden. Peake, Pte. L. C, 62 Frank. " Perkins, Pte. F. L., Richmond. Utman, Pte. J. N., Winchester. Warren, Pte. M. E., Renfrew. Turner, Pte. J., . Hurdman's Bridge. Smith, Sgmn. E. C, Chester villc. Robertson. Bdr. C. V., King ston. CLEAR' U.K. WATERS. WASHINGTON, July 23. The Navy announced today withdrawal of the last United States Navy ships from United Kingdom waters, a convoy of landing ships, tanks. SHIP RED CROSS SUPPLIES. 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(CP) Eight persons who have been ex - pelled from the West Kootenay branch of the C.C.F. association will face examination Saturday at a meeting of the British Columbia executive of the C.C.F. party, Tom Alsbury, president of the Provincial C.C.F. Association, has announced. The expelled members are charged with "open support of a candidate, H. W. Herridge. In op position to the official C.C.F. candidate for Kootenay West, Frank Tracey, contrary to the provincial constitution", Mr. Alsbury said. In this statement Mr. Alsbury quoted the section which reads: "Any member who joins another political organization or who openly supports a. candidate in opposition to the official C.C.F. candidate immediately forfeits his membership in this organiza tion. DIES IN CHINA. LONDON, July 23. Rt Rev. Francis L. Norris of the Church of England died in China July 2 at the age of 80, it was learned here today. He went to Chins s a missionary 56 years ago and be came bishop of North China in 1914. R.C.A.F. Pacific Force Won't See Action Until End of Year WINNIPEG, . July 23. CP) Canadian airmen will probably not go to the Pacific theatre of war before, the end of the year. Air Minister Gibson tcd a presa conference here tonight. After completing their training In the Dominion they - would proceed to Great Britain to join units of the R - A.F. The Minister said some airmen are already in training for the Pacific fighting. They ware taking Commando training at Brandon, Man., and Centralia, OnC Pacific squadrons' will train at bases in the Ma ri times, ha said, while reinforcements will prepare at Rivers and Portage la Prairie in Manitoba and Ab - botsford and Comox in British Columbia. Col. Gibson will leave tomorrow for Edmonton, on the first leg of an inspection tour of R.C.A.F. bases in Western Canada. RAILWAYS RUN AGAIN. LONDON. July 23. 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