Saturday, June 21, 2014

U.S. Airman's Remains Found in Quebec Waters-- Part 1

From the July 30, 2012, Montreal Gazette "Second World War U.S. airman's remains found in Quebec waters" by Jonathan Monpetit.

Seventy years ago in Longue Pointe de Mingan, a small village on the St. Lawrence River's north shore,  became an emergency landing strip in 1942 on the U.S. military's "Crimson Route," a strategic air corridor to Europe through Maine and Newfoundland.

On November 2, 1942, just before Josephine Vibert's wedding reception, the village watched a U.S. PBY-SA Catalina taxi from the harbor.  It struggled to clear the water and towering waves, crashing into them and water began entering the plane.

It began sinking and townspeople ventured into the dangerous waters and managed to rescue four crew members clinging to the fuselage.  Moments later, it sank, carrying five crew down with it.


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