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    Default Mitchell crash on Vancouver Island

    I was telling my 89-year-old next door neighbour about the recent Anson crash site find and he countered with his visit to the site of a crashed aircraft on nearby Mt Whymper while surveying a cut block for a timber company. A web search revealed that his was Mitchell HD345 of 5 OTU out of Boundary Bay.

    My neighbour recalled, as the web search indicated, that the crew was buried on-site and that a wooden commemorative plaque was mounted on a tree some 15-20 feet from what was subsequently named Crash Creek. The tree was later cut down. According to a web site the crew was:

    A/C Capt - P/O FJ Whitlock
    P/O D F J Schell
    Sgt M H Mason
    Sgt C A Johnson
    Sgt B W McGregor

    Am curious if the graves were ever found and the crew given a formal burial.

    Robert

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    G'day Rob

    Mason should read Manson. He and others are currently buried in a grave that is not accessible.

    Veteran's Affairs has them as having their names inscribed on the Ottawa Memorial despite the known graves

    The crew positions were:

    Pilot - P/O F. J. Whitlock

    Navigator - P/O D. F. J. Schell * His promotion was pending GAZ.

    W. A. G. - Sgt M. H. Mason

    A. G. - Sgt C. A. Johnson

    A. G - Sgt B. W. McGregor

    Cheers...Chris
    Last edited by Dakota; 15th February 2014 at 03:40. Reason: Supplemental gen

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    Rob, Hi,
    Any idea when the weather will clear sufficiently in that (Anson prang) neck of the woods to enable a proper forensic team to go in and recover viable data? Did a family visit, some years ago, to Victoria, Van I. Know how the weather can change in miniutes (just like UK!!).
    Yrs Aye
    Peter
    Meteorology is a science; good meteorology is an art!
    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Hi Chris:

    By 'not accessible', do you mean its location is unknown?

    Robert

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