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    Hello all , Would anyone have information on the location of R.C.A.F. B-25 HD 345 which crashed May 29 1944 near Mt. Whymper Vancouver Island . Thank you. Eric

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    Would you know what Squadron it was with? The O.R.B. might assist you.

    Danny
    Remembering Gunner Robert Béland (1919-2012), 5th L.A.A., R.C.A., Canadian Army, WWII

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    Rob Stitt might be able to help?
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    HD345 was from 5 OTU. The co-ordinates, taken from a SAR map years ago, before GPS, were 48.56N/124.11W.
    As with the other Vancouver Island sites you have asked about it is a war grave and visitors should act accordingly.
    Ian Macdonald

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    Hello Ian , I am aware these sites are war graves . I do hike to and photograph some of them. I do not remove objects or desecrate the sites . Thank you for the information . Eric

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    Hi
    From

    http://www.canada.com/victoriatimescolonist/story.html?id=c1c49650-dd99-4634-8031-055d1484b343

    May 29* - The bodies of the five men aboard Mitchell HD345 are buried at the crash scene on a mountainside in the vicinity of Mount Whymper.


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    http://www.ody.ca/~bwalker/RCAF_HB207_HH560_detailed.html

    HD345 North American NA, Inglewood, California Mitchell B-25D NA-87

    first date: 8 April 1944 - Taken on strength by Western Air Command as a new aircraft
    Ex USAAF B-25D-35-NA serial number 43-3858, ex RAF Mitchell Mk. II HD345. Officially identified as a B-25D in RCAF records. Taken on strength at No. 5 Operational Training Unit at Boundary Bay, BC. Reported missing on training flight on 29 May 1944. Later found to have flown into side of mountain and exploded.
    last date: 26 July 1944 - Struck off, not found by this date



    Cheers
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    Hi Eric,

    Info from the crash card:

    29 May 44
    A/C Capt - P/O FJ Whitlock
    RCAF 5 OTU
    Boundary Bay
    Mitchell 345
    Navigation Exercise
    Fatalities 5
    P/O Whitlock
    P/O DFJ Schell
    Sgt MH Mason
    Sgt CA Johnson
    Sgt BWMcGregor
    Visible from ground - wreckage over an area approximately 1/8 mile long by 100 yards wide at a slope of 45 degrees.
    Remarks: A/C struck side of mountain, exploded and burned in vicinity of Mount Whymper - remains of crew buried near scene of crash.
    Crash Position - originally 49.00N 124.15W scratched out and replaced by 4858.5N 12411.5W

    Cheers,
    John

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    Thank you all for replying ! Eric

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