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    On 17 August 1943 LAC S. A. Rasmussen, a pilot under training was killed during a training flight. He was flying in Harward IIB FS662 fra 13 SFTS, St Hubert and crashed at a Camera Gun Range at La Prairie, Quebec. In the crash investigation report, which is part of Rasmussen's service record it is mentioned that Montreal papers had stories - and perhaps photos of the crashed aircraft, see below.

    Does anyone have access to (or know how to get acces to these newspapers for any further information?

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    "Three Montreal Newspapers were alleged to have taken pictures if the wreckage and burning aircraft. Their photographers and reporters were said to have been on the scene shortly after the accident. This Investigating Officer obtained 4 photographs from the Montreal Star and in endeavouring to get the films from the three Newspaper Companies. As the Air Force dig not get a picture of the power line, one of the photographs from the "Star" is placed in these proceedings showing what remained of the four wires after the aircraft had struck them."

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    "Recommandations:- [...]

    (f) While not a matter of prevention of accidents but arising from the case.

    I. That Newspaper publishing Companies be prevented from taking pictures of crashed R.C.A.F. Aircraft.

    II. That Newspaper Publishing Companies be requested not to publish lurid details of the crash (IN this case Montreal papers mentioned about the decapitation of the pilot. That was not a fact.)"
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    The Gazette Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada Wednesday, August 18, 1943 - Page 13
    they reported the story but no photos attached to it.
    I cannot read the full text as its a 'publisher extra' (scam!) paper on newspapers.com


    I can't see much other mention in other Canadian papers on that website at least.

    The word decapitated appears on that page, and I think its in that article, but not in the followings days.
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    August 18, 1943
    A Publisher Extra Newspaper
    The Gazette from Montreal, Quebec, Quebec, Canada 13

    Pilot of Harvard Dies in Crash When Plane Hits Electric Wire
    The lone pilot of a Harvard training plane from No. 13 Service Flying Training School, R.C.A.F., St. Hubert, was killed early yesterday afternoon when his machine- apparently out of control as it came out of a practice dive burst into names and. crashed into a field off Alexandre Taschereau boulevard. 14 miles north of south shore La prairie. Name of the solo flier was with held by the R.CA.F. pending notification of next of kin. The single-motored Harvard was pulling out of a practice dive at
    a black and white target several hundred yards east of the boulevard when it apparently went out or control or the pilot blacked out. Banking sharply, the plane crashed into high tension wires above the boulevard, . caught fire as it struck the highway, then disintegrated as it plowed through a field on the west side of the boulevard. Removed from the flaming wreckage, the body of the decapitated flier was brought to the morgue for Inquest. Crowds of residents of the district and passing motorists gathered to view the wreckage, strewn along a scorched 100-yard swathe cut by the flaming machine. The wings, tail assembly, wheels and engine were ripped off the fuselage. R.C.A.F. and Montreal Light, Heat and Power Cons, emergency crews raced to the' scene of the crash, which occurred at 1.45 p.m. Provincial Det. Albert Oggier investigated under direction of Louis Jargaille. Chief of Detectives, and an inquiry into the cause of the mishap was convened by the Royal Canadian Air Force.


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    THANK YOU! Greatly appreciated.

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