RCAF CF-100 Crash Site, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluelamb03
N 45° 29.031 W 075° 32.757
18T E 457334 N 5036847
Quick Description: A memorial to victims of the crash of Royal Canadian Air Force CF-100 Mk IVB, 18367, on May 15, 1956.
Location: Ontario, Canada
Date Posted: 8/11/2011 10:19:29 AM
Waymark Code: WMC97V
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Thorny1
Views: 37

Long Description:

On May 15, 1956 two CF-100 'Canucks' of 445 Squadron were scrambled out of Uplands Air Force Base to intercept an aircraft approaching Montreal from the north. Having made the identification the two aircraft returned to Ottawa, but climbed to 33,000 feet to burn off some of their heavy fuel load with practice intercepts.
One aircraft returned safely to base after expending the required amount of fuel, but the Canuck 18367 loitered at altitude a while longer. At 10:37 PM the aircraft crashed into the Villa Saint-Louis, a convent belonging to the Grey Nuns of the Cross. No explanation for the sudden descent was ever found, though it was speculated that the oxygen system had failed since there was no radio contact from the two aircrew.

Ironically that area of Ottawa was mostly farm fields, the Villa being the only substantial building for miles around.

The crash and sunsequent fire killed fifteen people, eleven Sisters of the Grey Nuns, two other civilians and the two airmen F/O K.D. Thomas and F/O W.L. Schmidt

The co-ordinates given are for the crash memorial pictured in the waymark photos. It stands on the banks of the Ottawa River behind the now rebuilt Residence Saint-Louis, 879 Hiawatha Park Road, now an old age home. The memorial has fifteen stones taken from the ruins of the old Convent.

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Date of Crash: 5/15/1956

Aircraft Model: Avro Canada CF-100 Mk.IVB, "Canuck"

Military or Civilian: Military

Tail Number: 18367

Cause of Crash:
Officially unknown


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