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  PBV-1A Canso Serial Number 11007  
6 (BR) Squadron
RCAF Station
Alliford Bay, BC

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February 12, 1945

Pilot  F/O Ronnie J. Scholes (survived)
Co-pilot  F/O LC Laker (survived)
Navigator  F/O Lace Knechtel (survived)
Crew  P/O Clarence Sartorius (survived)
Crew  WO2 LH Malcomston (survived)
Crew  WO2 JB Campbell (survived)
Crew  WO2 CH Henningsen (survived)
Crew  F/Sgt. RW Hacker (survived)
Crew  Sgt. RF Bell (survived)
Crew  Sgt. WA Hooge (survived)
Crew  AW1 RJ Pike (survived)
Crew  Mr. DF Marlett (survived)

Force Landed  February 8, 1945

Aircraft History
Built by Canadian Vickers in Montreal, Canada. Constructors Number CV-285. Model PBV-1A. RCAF serial number 11007. BOC October 30, 1943. Officially stricken on April 14, 1945.

Mission History
Took off from Coal Harbour Seaplane Base around noon, with twelve aboard and carrying four 250 lbs depth charges. Shortly after becoming airborne, the port engine stopped and the aircraft crash landed three miles off the western end of Tofino Airfield on Vancouver Island. The crew was unhurt in the crash.

Located three miles west of Tofino Airfield. At roughly Lat 49°  4.40 N Long 125° 49.11 W

Mark Adam reports:
"The machine is remarkably intact, the airframe anyway. It has been picked clean of instruments, seats and anything else that could be carried off. but there it lies. It is has Royal Canadian Air Force markings #11007"

In 1972, the Knechtel and 11 other RCAF veterans visited the crash site.

Knechtel recalled:
"Regarding the crash of Canso 11007, the official location is 49 degrees 07 minutes north and 125 degrees 46 minutes west. There were twelve people aboard. The pilot was named Ronnie Scholes. I was flying as pilot-navigator. We left Coal Harbour about noon on the 10 February 1945 and flew to Tofino. The weather was quite blustery by the time we landed at Tofino. Several of us then drove to Ucluelet to pick up some engine parts (I think it was) and then spent the early evening hours in the Tofino mess. We finally cleared for take-off at 2300 hours and had just cleared the end of the runway when the port engine quit cold. At this time we were carrying 12 people (one WD), 4 – 250 pound depth charges, normal emergency gear and about 750 gallons of gas."

Susan adds (cousin of Clarence Sartorius)

Tofino, BC The Canso Crash of 1945 archived via WayBackMachine May 25, 2009

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February 4, 2018


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