Crash of an Avro 652 Anson V in Patricia Bay: 2 killed

Date & Time: May 24, 1962 at 1411 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
CF-BCA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Patricia Bay - Patricia Bay
MSN:
MDF-305
Country:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The aircraft was carrying a passenger and a pilot on behalf of the British Columbia Department of Public Works who should make a view of a bridge located at Sooke before returning to Patricia Bay. Shortly after takeoff the aircraft climbed steeply to about 50 feet slowly veering and rolling to the left in a nose high attitude until it stalled and crashed in flames in a field. The aircraft was destroyed by a post crash fire and both occupants were killed. It is believed the pilot was inexperienced.

Crash of a Consolidated B-24L-1-FO Liberator VIII near Bamfield: 14 killed

Date & Time: Jul 13, 1945 at 1510 LT
Operator:
Registration:
11121
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Patricia Bay – Comox – Tofino – Patricia Bay
MSN:
3986
Country:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
Few minutes after takeoff from Tofino Airport, while flying at an altitude of 2,800 feet in low visibility due to clouds, the aircraft hit the slope of a mountain located 7 miles east southeast of Bamfield, in the Somerset Range. The wreckage was found for days later (July 17) in an isolated area and all 14 occupants were killed.
Crew (11th Squadron):
F/O W. E. Davies, pilot,
F/O R. J. Martello,
F/O N. M. Popovich,
F/O H. A. Lowe,
W/O V. C. Crosson,
W/O J. B. Presse,
F/Sgt D. W. Hope.
Passengers:
Sgt Bennett,
Cpl N. W. Johnson,
Cpl W. Hrysko,
Cpl N. Johnston,
LAC R. B. Kitely,
LAC L. H. Tull,
LAW M. Mann.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I into the Pacific Ocean

Date & Time: Aug 23, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
6869
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Patricia Bay - Patricia Bay
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a training sortie from Patricia Bay on behalf of the 32nd OTU. En route, the right engine failed, forcing the crew to ditch the aircraft about 250 km southwest of Vancouver (48°10'00.0"N 126°09'00.0"W). All three crew members were rescued while the aircraft sank and was lost.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I near Mesachie Lake: 4 killed

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1942 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L7056
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Patricia Bay - Patricia Bay
Country:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Patricia Bay Airport in the early morning to perform a navigation exercise over the Vancouver Island. En route, the crew encountered poor visibility and the aircraft failed to return. SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. On October 25, 2013, almost 71 years later, hikers found the wreckage in a hilly and wooded area located near Mesachie Lake.
Crew (32nd OTU):
Sgt Robert Ernest Luckock, pilot,
Sgt William Baird, wireless operator,
P/O Charles George Fox, navigator,
P/O Anthony William Lawrence, navigator.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I in Vancouver

Date & Time: Oct 2, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
L7911
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Patricia Bay - Patricia Bay
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route, the pilot was forced to attempt an emergency landing for unknown reason. In low visibility due to fog, the twin engine aircraft hit tree tops and crashed near the Vancouver University. While the aircraft was written off, all five crew members were rescued.

Crash of an Avro 652 Anson I off Thormanby Island

Date & Time: Aug 22, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
N4901
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Patricia Bay - Patricia Bay
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Aircraft flight hours:
751
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training exercise out from Patricia Bay airbase. En route, while cruising off Thormanby Island, the left engine failed. The captain decided to ditch the aircraft and all five crew members were quickly rescued while the aircraft was lost and later recovered.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Canadian Vickers Stranrear on Mt Baldwin: 5 killed

Date & Time: Nov 4, 1941 at 1400 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
946
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Dartmouth – Penticton – Patricia Bay
MSN:
CV-225
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, to Patricia Bay, British Columbia, with an intermediate stop in Penticton. The seaplane left Penticton seaplane base at 1026LT. Few minutes after his departure, the radio operator informed ground about his ETA in Patricia Bay at 1300LT. At 1400LT, the crew changed his frequency and informed ground about his position north of Vancouver, flying in very bad weather conditions with snow falls. As the aircraft failed to arrive in Patricia Bay, SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found. Six years later, walkers found the wreckage of the airplane on Mt Baldwin (1,427 meters high) located 10 km southeast of Squamish. It appears that the aircraft hit the mountain ten meters below the summit. All five crewmen were killed.
Crew (5th Squadron):
P/O Gerald Searing Palmer, pilot,
Sgt Jack Fenton Bliss,
Cpl John Robert Bruce Fernie,
LAC Gilbert Fowler Willette,
LAC Charles Murray Ross.