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    Hi,
    I search any informations and pictures about the CF-BBC Dragon Rapide of Quebec Airways. He was crashed in december 23th 1946 in St. Lawrence River.

    Thank you.

    Samuel

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    Bonjour Sam,
    Quebec Airways Dragon Rapide CF-BBC ditched in the St Lawrence, Monday, 23rd December 1946 while en-route Godbout QC to the south shore. The aircraft sank in 20 minutes, Captain J.R. Hartley DFC and six passengers swam to floating ice cakes. One passenger died but the remaining six occupants were picked-up in the course of the next 70 hours by boats and by James Wade who made a remarkable landing amongst the ice in Grumman Goose CF-BZY.
    Ian Macdonald

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    G'day Sam

    Supplemental to Ian's posting -D.H. 89A Rapide CF-BBC (c/n 6307) first flew with Canadian Airways Limited in 1936. It was later sold to Quebec Airways Limited and taken on strength with the airline on the 2nd of November, 1936. It made a forced landing on ice near Mont Joli, Quebec on the 18th of December, 1946.

    Canadian Pacific Airlines St. Lawrence Division superintendent W. 'Babe' Woolett quickly organized a search party utilizing every available aircraft he could lay his hands on. This included a Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor of the U.S.S.A.F. which had stopped off for fuel at Mont Joli. A pair of U.S.A.A.F. Boeing SB-17’s also took part in the search.
    A single Grumman Goose belonging to Canadian Veneer joined the search. On Christmas Eve, Jimmy Wade and Pat Twist were conducting a search from the Goose when they spotted three survivors of Les Mechins. The pair found enough open water to put the aircraft safely down. They flew the survivors Sept Isles (known as Seven Islands back then). Three more survivors were found by Wollett, John Dart and Peter Gault who were searching from a DC-3. They dropped survival gear to the trio.

    The three were relieved on Christmas Day to see the Goose show up, but their rescue effort was cut short. An SB-17 had dropped and air deployable life raft near the men, but unfortunately, it landed upside down and quickly filled with bone chilling water.
    With rough waters and ice to contend to, the rescue would have to wait. The Goose left before it too became a casualty.

    On Boxing Day (December 26th) the three stranded men were rescued who managed to walk their row boats out to them across the treacherous ice. On a sad note, one of the seven passengers onboard the Rapide was never found.

    Cheers…Chris

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    G'day Sam

    Please disregard the previous posting. I sent it out accidentally before doing a spelling check.

    Cheers...Chris


    Supplemental to Ian's posting -D.H. 89A Rapide CF-BBC (c/n 6307) first flew with Canadian Airways Limited in 1936. It was later sold to Quebec Airways Limited and taken on strength with the airline on the 2nd of November, 1936. It made a forced landing on ice near Mont Joli, Quebec on the 18th of December, 1946.

    Canadian Pacific Airlines St. Lawrence Division Superintendent W. 'Babe' Woolett quickly organized a search party utilizing every available aircraft he could lay his hands on. This included a Beechcraft C-45 Expeditor of the U.S.S.A.F. which had stopped off for fuel at Mont Joli. A pair of U.S.A.A.F. Boeing SB-17’s also took part in the search.

    A single Grumman Goose belonging to Canadian Veneer joined the search. On Christmas Eve, Jimmy Wade and Pat Twist were conducting a search from the Goose when they spotted three survivors off Les Mechins. The pair found enough open water to put the aircraft safely down. They flew the survivors back to Sept Isles (known as Seven Islands back then). Three more survivors were found by Wollett, John Dart and Peter Gault who were searching from a DC-3. They dropped survival gear to the trio.

    The three were relieved on Christmas Day to see the Goose show up, but their rescue effort was cut short. An SB-17 had dropped and air deployable life raft near the men, but unfortunately, it landed upside down and quickly filled with bone chilling water.
    With rough waters and ice to contend to, the rescue would have to wait. The Goose left before it too became a casualty.

    On Boxing Day (December 26th) the three stranded men were rescued by men who managed to walk their row boats out to them across the treacherous ice. On a sad note, one of the seven passengers onboard the Rapide was never found.

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