Not that EZ to figure out…

Not that EZ to figure out what really happened to G-CYET.

This photo is from Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794. It’s G-CYET unless the caption is wrong.

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYET, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

That’s the Viking G-CYET that crashed in 1927.

This next image is taken from Charlotte M. Campbell’s photo album…

It’s a close-up view…

of a modified image…

of the original.

So what really happened on 11 July 1927? Was it lightning or structural failure?

First, I had to figure out what were those particular Vickers Viking amphibian aircraft… G-CYET and G-CYEZ.

I was still a bit confused…

So I did this montage.

Now I know which is which.

But were the newspapers correct in their breaking news on 12 July 1927?

Wilmington News-Journal Ohio 1927-07-12
Hilbre, MB Lightning Strikes Plane, July 1927

THINK LIGHTNING BOLT STRUCK PLANE, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AVIATORS WERE MAKING TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY.

Winnipeg, July 12 – (AP) – Exploding in mid-air a hydroplane of the Royal Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., yesterday, bringing death to three men. The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. WEAVER, pilot. A. T. HARDLEY, photographic mechanic, and F. H. WRONG, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa. Eye witnesses say the plane entered a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Soon there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire like huge rockets. Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The plane was believed to have been at an altitude of almost 3,500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. One of the airmen had a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. The aviators were making a topographical survey of the Hilbre district.


Reno Evening Gazette  – July 12, 1927, Reno, Nevada

Canadian Air Surveyors in Manitoba, 3500 Feet up,
Meet with Death Bodies Hurtle from Mist to Ground before Eyes Of Startled Observers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba 11 July 1927

Exploding in mid-air a hydro airplane of the Royal Force burst into flames and in four pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Manitoba yesterday, bring death to three men.The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge; A.T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the topographical survey branch, Ottawa.-

EXPLODES IN CLOUD

Witnesses say the plane entered a heavy, cloud bank and was lost to view. Shortly after there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air followed by the pieces of the plane, afire like rockets. The flaming, gasoline tank separated from the machine. Officers of the Royal Canadian air force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The accident occurred over a farm a short distance from Hilbre, which is northwest of Winnipeg on the north shore of Lake Manitoba.

FALL OF 3500 FEET

The plane was believed to have been at an altitude almost 3500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. Nearby another body was found and a short distance away a third was discovered in the grass.” One of the airmen has a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. Parts of the machine were half buried in the ground and debris was scattered over wide area. The pontoons were found one hundred yards from the main portion of the plane.

WERE SURVEYORS

The aviators had taken off from Winnipegosis during the morning, a topographical survey of the Hilbre district. It came from the Lac-du-Bonnet station of the Royal Canadian Air forces, where forestry and survey planes are stationed during the summer months. It was a single engined Vickers Viking of the pusher type with the propeller at the rear of the wings. Preparations for an investigation are under way and Flight Lieut. L. T. Stevenson of headquarters staff here left tonight for the scene of the tragedy.


Were Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge, A.T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the topographical survey branch, Ottawa in Charlotte M. Campbell’s album? If of course it’s them seen here in 1924…

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYET, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

By looking at that next picture, we see two pilots. They both have pilot’s wings. If the caption is right, and I have no doubt it’s right, one of the pilot should be Flight Officer W. C. Weaver.

Having a name to work with I went on Google.


https://www.thenetletter.net/the-netletter/2016/1337/reader-feedback-1337
Norman Hogwood, from New Zealand, sent us this information.

I’m reading a book called “One Summer – America 1927” by Bill Bryson.

In it, Lindbergh has flown to Paris, Byrd has crash-landed on the beach in Normandy so the papers are full of aviation stories.

He says they’re silent on the 12th of July, 1927 except for one small item about an event in Canada the day before when a survey plane took off from an airfield near Lake Manitoba. It carried a pilot, a photographer, and a surveyor. The weather was fine. Witnesses reckoned it climbed to about 2000 ft in a normal manner but when it emerged from a cloud bank they saw the occupants fall out, one at a time, and plunge to their deaths. According to Bryson the events surrounding that incident are largely unknown. A very strange happening and I wonder if you or any of your friends have the answer to the riddle.

We, at the NetLetter, contacted, Betty Draper, one of our readers, who sent us this information –

I found this for you I think it is the one you are looking for. I didn’t find it in the Winnipeg paper, that’s odd as it happened in Manitoba, they always have the news from the 1800s. I found it in the New York Times, and this was the information-

Three Fall Our of Plane 1,000 Feet in Air;
Canadian surveyors Die in Strange Accident.

Winnipeg, Canada, July 11, 1927 (AP) –
Three members of a Manitoba aerial photographic survey party were killed near Fairford, Manitoba, this afternoon when in some unexplained manner they fell from their machine a distance of about 1,000 feet. The dead were Flight Officer W.C.Weaver of Melfort, Saskatchewan, pilot in charge; A.T. Hardley, photographic mechanic, of Locre, Manitoba; F.H. Wrong, Surveyor of Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa.

Eyewitnesses say the plane entered a cloudbank. Lost to view for several minutes, it later was observed following an erratic course through the clouds. The watchers were suddenly startled to see three men come hurtling through the air and the machine follow in a shallow nose dive to earth.

The body of Flight Officer Weaver was recovered near the shore of Lake Manitoba, at Hilbere. The bodies of the others were also recovered.

Norman had also copied his request to Geoff Hayes, and this was his reply – My good friend Andy Triolaire, (ex Director of Safety, Canadian Airlines) has attached a (possible) report of this mysterious event.

This was the pertinent paragraph –
Two of the eight Vickers Viking Mk. IVs were the only aircraft made at Vickers in Britain rather than the Canadian Vickers company. G-CYET, pictured, suffered a Category A accident on 11 July 1927. The accident involved the failure of the hull in the air and a structural test on G-CYEU at Winnipeg practically duplicated this failure leading to a local modification on the remainder of the fleet to strengthen the hull.


 To be continued…

1928 Holst Point, Ont.

Charlotte’s caption is wrong. It can’t be 1928.

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET crashed on 11 July 1927 due to structural failure and not due to lightning. This photo is probably the last one taken of G-CYET. 

Many interesting clues were found in Officer Commanding Apps’s “G” Flight 1927 report. Not easy to read due to the poor quality of the microfilms. Clarence had warned me when he sent the link.

Nothing is easy with this ongoing research. Preserving the past isn’t easy either like the working conditions endured by these young people who made Canadian aviation history.


I had a quick look at the report. Almost no name to be found. Just one that could be a clue… A Mr. Campbell who was in charge of the store, but he can’t be Bill who was definitely RCAF.

How do I know?


To Jim and Margaret
From Bill

Ross told me.

Where to start?

Here of course…

http://heritage.canadiana.ca/view/oocihm.lac_reel_c12209/89?r=0&s=3

Once you start reading, you just can’t stop finding…

Click here…

Excerpt

For about two and a half years postwar, Apps supervised a construction crew of approximately 100 in building the Imperial Wireless Chain. A short-term job in Canada followed. In the meantime, Apps applied to the Royal Canadian Air Force. He joined his old commander “Billy” Barker in the new air force on 19 March 1924. After a round of assignments to Winnipeg, Victoria Beach, Barrie, and Norway House, he was posted to an aerial survey project in 1926, tasked to photograph 25,000 square miles (65,000 km2) in the Red Lake District.[1]

 

I should be going “EZ” on my readers

Note

I wrote this before I got an email telling me that I had Pure Gold!

Wow, Pierre you have found a most important part of RCAF history.

This is pure “Gold.”

 

 

R.C.A.F.
Holts Point
Minaki Ontario
Summer 1927

I should be going “EZ” on my readers, but I  just can’t do it since I started documenting long lost pictures in January 2017.

There’s a lesson in each scene,

A story in each bower and stream.

There’s a lesson in each scene,

A story in each bower and stream.

 

What Charlotte M. Campbell did was to preserve the past. She didn’t have to do it and create a photo album with all the neatly written captions she wrote, even if I found one caption that was wrong!

1928
Holst Point, Ont.

Ross didn’t have to contact me, but he did because he wanted to know more about the album he had saved from being lost forever. All the photos in the album have never found their way on the Internet before January 2017.

Every week I have been just awestruck by what I had find about those photographs from the past. I was a bit confused at times, but now I see clearer skies ahead.

Speaking of what I found yesterday…

I think I have found who was the pilot flying C-GYET on July 11th, 1927. He’s not this man.

That’s the elusive Bill ? with his friend Jim ? and his wife Margaret ?. The dead pilot is on that photo.

You remembered what happened on that day 90 years ago?


Breaking news

Found yesterday on the Internet

July 1927 a Vickers Viking aeroplane was struck by lightning and crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba. Three airmen, A.T. Bradley, W.C. Weaver and F.H. Wrong lost their lives in the fatal crash. Debris was scattered in all directions. when the plane was struck it was travelling at an elevation of about 2,000 feet.


Wilmington News-Journal Ohio 1927-07-12
Hilbre, MB Lightning Strikes Plane, July 1927

THINK LIGHTNING BOLT STRUCK PLANE, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AVIATORS WERE MAKING TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY.

Winnipeg, July 12 – (AP) – Exploding in mid-air a hydroplane of the Royal Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., yesterday, bringing death to three men. The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. WEAVER, pilot. A. T. HARDLEY, photographic mechanic. and F. H. WRONG, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa. Eye witnesses say the plane entered a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Soon there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire like huge rockets. Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The plane was believed to have been at an altitude of almost 3,500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. One of the airmen had a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. The aviators were making a topographical survey of the Hilbre district.


Reno Evening Gazette  – July 12, 1927, Reno, Nevada

Canadian Air Surveyors in Manitoba, 3500 Feet up,
Meet with Death Bodies Hurtle from Mist to Ground before Eyes Of Startled Observers

WINNIPEG, Manitoba 11 July 1927

Exploding in mid-air a hydro airplane of the Royal Force burst into flames and in four pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Manitoba yesterday, bring death to three men.The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge; A.T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the topographical survey branch, Ottawa.-

EXPLODES IN CLOUD

Witnesses say the plane entered a heavy, cloud bank and was lost to view. Shortly after there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air followed by the pieces of the plane, afire like rockets. The flaming, gasoline tank separated from the machine. Officers of the Royal Canadian air force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The accident occurred over a farm a short distance from Hilbre, which is northwest of Winnipeg on the north shore of Lake Manitoba.

FALL OF 3500 FEET

The plane was believed to have been at an altitude almost 3500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. Nearby another body was found and a short distance away: a third was discovered in the grass.” One of the airmen has a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. Parts of the machine were half buried in the ground and debris was scattered over wide area. The pontoons were found one hundred yards from the main portion of the plane.

WERE SURVEYORS

The aviators had taken off from Winnipegosis during the morning, a topographical survey of the Hilbre district. It came from the Lac-du-Bonnet station of the Royal Canadian Air forces, where forestry and survey planes are stationed during the summer months. It was a single engined Vickers Viking of the pusher type with the propeller at the rear of the wings. Preparations for an investigation are under way and Flight Lieut. L. T. Stevenson of headquarters staff here left tonight for the scene of the tragedy.


WINNIPEG. July 11

Exploding in midair, a hydroplane of the Royal Canadian Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., today, bringing death to three men — Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge; A. T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa.

Many persons witnessed the tragedy, the worst of its kind in the history of Manitoba. Watching the plane’s progress over the district, eye witnesses said it entered into a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Immediately there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire and like huge rockets. The flaming gasoline tank separated from the machine.

Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg tonight expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The accident occurred over a farm a short distance from Hilbre which is northwest of Winnipeg, near the shore of Lake Manitoba. It is estimated the hydroplane was at an altitude of 3,500 feet when the explosion destroyed the plane.


To be continued…

What?

I got this message from a friend to whom I had sent what I had just posted this morning…


Wow, Pierre you have found a most important part of RCAF history.

This is pure “Gold.”

The reorganization of the Canadian Air Force [the fifth] officially adopted the “Royal” on 1 April 1924, and the RCAF was born.

On 19 May 1925, the Ottawa Privy council authorized the establishment of six service squadrons, for use to fulfill the operational duties of many government departments. Yes, our RCAF first began to operate as a non-military agency of the Canadian Government, opened air routes, experimented in air mail, transported government officials, carried ‘treaty money’ to the Indians, patrolled fishing, hunting, and forestry, flew sick and injured trappers and Indians, from remote sites, and photographed the first vast areas of wilderness in Canada. 

The first six RCAF squadrons included – H.Q. at Ottawa, No. 1 Flying Station, Camp Borden, [training]  No. 1 Operations Wing, Winnipeg, [which you have in your photos] and No. 3 Operations [photo] Squadron, Rockcliffe, Ontario, [which became the first to test and develop photographic equipment in Canadian aircraft] Wow, you have all these first images, taken by No. 3 RCAF Photo Unit, pure gold my friend. This is huge to me, and I’m sure someone in Ottawa will be in contact with you.

Attached you will find the aircraft info. from the book “RCAF Squadrons and Aircraft” National Museum of Man, Ottawa, 1977.

On 1 July 1927, the Directorate of Civil Government Air Operations [DCGAO] took over all air operations, which became Federal Government aircraft, etc. It was in fact a ‘paper’ air force and the RCAF did most of the work.

You have captured and preserved that small forgotten part of our early [first] RCAF squadron history. They were a photo section, so, they had lots of film, etc. paid by the Canadian government, that saved our history.

This is huge, keep up the good work, your site is doing so much good for Canadians.

Clarence


It made my day!

Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ of the RCAF – 1926

Note

This post was a draft written in January 2017. I was trying to figure out what were all these airplanes. Since I  am not an expert on pre-WWII aircraft I had to take the time to become more knowledgeable. Now I think I am going somewhere with all this research and all the notes I had found in January starting with this picture below.

 

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYEZ, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924. 
(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

More information

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vickers_Viking


What about these airplanes?

Something I found here on a forum.

Vickers Viking Mk. IV

G-CYET – It crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba on the 11th of July 1927 when the fuselage failed and broke up in flight. The aircraft was destroyed.

G-CYEU

G-CYEV – It caught a wave and dove under the water while making a landing at Cormorant Lake on the 3rd of October 1930. The aircraft was repaired

G-CYEX

G-CYEY

G-CYEZ


http://www.airhistory.org.uk/gy/reg_G-C1.html

G-CYES Vickers Viking IV 28/CV.7 G-CYES 15.06.23 SOC 02.07.25
G-CYET Vickers Viking IV 27/CV.8 G-CYET 12.07.23 Cat A Hilbre 11.07.27
G-CYEU Vickers Viking IV CV.1 G-CYEU 24.07.23 SOC Winnipeg 04.05.34
G-CYEV Vickers Viking IV CV.2 G-CYEV 15.08.23 SOC Cormorant Lake 20.02.31
G-CYEW Vickers Viking IV CV.3 G-CYEW 31.08.23 Cat A 31.07.26
G-CYEX Vickers Viking IV CV.4 G-CYEX 03.10.23 Cat A Manitoba 25.08.29
G-CYEY Vickers Viking IV CV.5 G-CYEY 17.10.23 SOC Victoria Beach 24.08.26
G-CYEZ Vickers Viking IV CV.6 G-CYEZ 09.11.23 SOC Lac du Bonnet 28.08.30

 


This is the draft written in 31 January 2017

This picture was taken on the Internet.

It’s a Vickers Viking IV. Some faces looked familiar.

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Caption

Vickers ‘Viking’ IV flying boat G-CYEZ of the Royal Canadian Air Force, 1926. Photo credit: Canadian Department of Mines and Technical Surveys, now in the collection of Library and Archives Canada, PA-020089

These next pictures are taken from a photo album that was saved by someone who cared about preserving the past. These are “floatplanes” [you see how much I knew back in January] with a marking…EZ.

It has to be Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ at Holst Point.

1

Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ in the background

15

Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach

30

31

Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV after a mishap

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Vickers Viking IV flying boats G-CYEZ and G-CYET at Holst Point, Ontario

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV

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R.C.A.F.
Vickers ‘Viking’ Amphibian
Photographic “G” Flight
Season 1927
Minaki to Lac-du-Bonnet

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Vickers
Viking
E.T. & E.Z.
Season 1927
Avro Seaplane
“Viking” “Viking”

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEV at Nelson House

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Vickers Viking IV flying boat G-CYEZ


Now, on April 19, 2017, piecing all this together…


More on the Vickers Vikings…

http://silverhawkauthor.com/aircraft-preserved-in-canada-4a-warplanes-in-manitoba_376.html

With the author kind permission to whom I wrote an email in late March…

 

1923

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV in Victoria Beach in 1923 Mikan No.3643581

1923

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV in Victoria Beach in 1923 Mikan No.3643580

1923

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV enroute to winter storage 19 September 1923 Mikan No.3643618

1923

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEV 19 September 1923 Mikan No.3575619

1924

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET being refueled at Lac du Brochet, Manitoba in July 1924 Mikan No.3643606

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET in 1924 at Reindeer Lake, Manitoba Mikan No.3391057

 

1924

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk. IV, G-CYET, Reindeer Lake, Manitoba, 1924.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3389794)

 

1925

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYET in 1925, at Little Grand Rapids, Manitoba Mikan_No.3391061

1925

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEU at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1925 Mikan No.3391060

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEU at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1925 Mikan No. 3391060

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ in 1926 Mikan No.3391068

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1926 Mikan No.3391068

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Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ at Victoria Beach, Manitoba in 1926 Mikan No.3391065

 

1926

Canadian Vickers Viking Mk.IV G-CYEZ in 1926 Mikan No.33910681

1927

R.C.A.F.
Vickers ‘Viking’ Amphibian
Photographic “G” Flight
Season 1927
Minaki to Lac-du-Bonnet

2017-04-18 15.58.53

 

G-CYET – It crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba on the 11th of July 1927 when the fuselage failed and broke up in flight. The aircraft was destroyed.

 

Breaking news

Found yesterday on the Internet

July 1927 a Vickers Viking aeroplane was struck by lightning and crashed near Hilbre, Manitoba. Three airmen, A.T. Bradley, W.C. Weaver and F.H. Wrong lost their lives in the fatal crash. Debris was scattered in all directions. when the plane was struck it was travelling at an elevation of about 2,000 feet.


Wilmington News-Journal Ohio 1927-07-12
Hilbre, MB Lightning Strikes Plane, July 1927

THINK LIGHTNING BOLT STRUCK PLANE, HURLING THREE TO DEATH.
ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE AVIATORS WERE MAKING TOPOGRAPHICAL SURVEY.

Winnipeg, July 12 – (AP) – Exploding in mid-air a hydroplane of the Royal Air Force burst into flames and in four separate pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Man., yesterday, bringing death to three men. The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. WEAVER, pilot. A. T. HARDLEY, photographic mechanic. and F. H. WRONG, surveyor of the Topographical Survey Branch, Ottawa. Eye witnesses say the plane entered a heavy cloud bank and was lost to view. Soon there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air, followed by the separate pieces of the plane, afire like huge rockets. Officers of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The plane was believed to have been at an altitude of almost 3,500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. One of the airmen had a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. The aviators were making a topographical survey of the Hilbre district.


Reno Evening Gazette  – July 12, 1927, Reno, Nevada
Canadian Air Surveyors in Manitoba, 3500 Feet up,
Meet with Death Bodies Hurtle from Mist to Ground before Eyes Of Startled Observers
WINNIPEG, Manitoba 11 July 1927
Exploding in mid-air a hydro airplane of the Royal Force burst into flames and in four pieces crashed to the ground near Hilbre, Manitoba yesterday, bring death to three men.The dead are: Flight Officer W. C. Weaver, pilot in charge; A.T. Bradley, photographic mechanic, and F. H. Wrong, surveyor of the topographical survey branch, Ottawa.-
EXPLODES IN CLOUD
Witnesses say the plane entered a heavy, cloud bank and was lost to view. Shortly after there was a loud explosion and three bodies came hurtling through the air followed by the pieces of the plane, afire like rockets. The flaming, gasoline tank separated from the machine. Officers of the Royal Canadian air force in Winnipeg today expressed the opinion that the plane had been struck by lightning. The accident occurred over a farm a short distance from Hilbre, which is northwest of Winnipeg on the north shore of Lake Manitoba.
FALL OF 3500 FEET
The plane was believed to have been at an altitude almost 3500 feet when the explosion occurred. One of the victims was found buried head first in the ground. Nearby another body was found and a short distance away: a third was discovered in the grass.” One of the airmen has a parachute strapped on but evidently had no time to use it. Parts of the machine were half buried in the ground and debris was scattered over wide area. The pontoons were found one hundred yards from the main portion of the plane.
WERE SURVEYORS
The aviators had taken off from Winnipegosis during the morning, a topographical survey of the Hilbre district. It came from the Lac-du-Bonnet station of the Royal Canadian Air forces, where forestry and survey planes are stationed during the summer months. It was a single engined Vickers Viking of the pusher type with the propeller at the rear of the wings. Preparations for an investigation are under way and Flight Lieut. L. T. Stevenson of headquarters staff here left tonight for the scene of the tragedy.

Trying to figure it all  

I am not going anywhere with Charlotte Campbell’s old album. No one has  yet to share anything yet. But I don’t  despair. I have  posted all her pictures  on the Internet, and I know  someone  will  write one day and make my day. 

Maybe I took the wrong approach.

What about that plane Charlotte is standing beside? If it’s Charlotte of course.

What are the clues?

Minaki, Ontario.

The year, 1927.

And there is a missing picture of a mysterious man!

It can’t  be Bill  nor any other  men seen elsewhere in the album.

 

What are the other  pictures with the captions 1927 and Minaki?

G-CAGE flying off Minaki, Ontario

 

 

Summer 1927 – Minaki, Ontario

 

Season 1927 – Minaki, Ontario?

 

R.C.A.F.
Vickers “Viking” Amphibian
Photographic “G” Flight
Season 1927
Minaki to Lac-du-Bonnet

 

I think we are getting somewhere.

We can safely assume Charlotte  is beside  a Vickers Viking at Minaki, Ontario in 1927. 

More Vickers Vikings in 1927…?

With names of places… Holst Point, Snake Island, Nelson House, Winnipegosis, Minaki, Ontario…

 

 

Vickers “Viking” Amphibian

EV

Vickers “Viking” Amphibian

EZ

 

Vickers “Viking” Amphibian

EV

 

 

Season 1927
Victoria Beach, Manitoba
Forestry Island, Norway House

 

To be continued next week…