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World War 2 Plane Crash Remains

June 1, 2014 by staff 

World War 2 Plane Crash Remains, Aircraft debris at the site of the Avro Anson aircraft crash on May 6, 2014. The Avro Anson L7056, a war-time training aircraft, crashed and went missing Oct. 30, 1942. Onboard were three British and one Canadian airmen. The aircraft was located almost 72 years later, 10 km northwest of Port Renfrew, B.C., on Oct 23, 2013, by members of the Teal-Jones Cedar Logging Company.

The three British and one Canadian airmen took off on a training exercise from Patricia Bay on Oct. 30, 1942, and never returned. A search at the time failed to locate their downed Avro Anson L7056.

Last October, a logging crew from Teal-Jones Cedar Products spotted the wreck and notified authorities. A recovery effort was launched by the Department of National Defence and the B.C. Coroners Service.

“They came across some debris in the forest, and they figured it was a plane crash,” said Michael Pegg of Teal-Jones.

“There were wheels, the engine of the plane, mangled plane parts. There was a boot, shoes and a jacket.”

The coroner’s office said the plane crashed on a remote mountainside near Port Renfrew on the Island’s southwest coast, just 50 kilometres west of where the twin-engine propeller plane took off.

The recovery was stalled by poor weather over the winter, but during a week in early May, crews were able to confirm the crash site contained the remains of the lost airmen.

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