, crashed and sunk, 1 Aug 1944
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PLANE PANCAKES IN BAY, BUT CREW OF FIVE SAFE.
A twin engined bomber flying over Georgian Bay w ?? Tuesday in three hundred fathoms of water, thirteen miles ?? Cabot Head light, when its engines failed and forced a ??ing. None of the crew were hurt.
United States Coastguard Captain J.W. Galton, master of the steamer D.A. MOLONEY, a coal freighter bound for Duluth from Sandusky, Ohio, was practically on the scene of the accident.
He heard the chugging motor of the plane and saw that it was flying much too low, and likely to crash. He and his crew were in immediate action. They slowed down the ship, lowered the starboard lifeboat and ladder and prepared to get out to the survivors as soon as the crash came.
There was no crash however. Due to splendid equipment and training the pilot was able to bring his ship down evenly and the crew unhurt, climbed out, got into an automatically inflated rubber dinghy and paddled away from the rapidly sinking aircraft.
As the tail went up, down went the plane in one of the deepest parts of Georgian Bay.
The men were shaken up and well soaked but a hospitable American Coastguard Captain and crew had them up a ladder on the freighter and into dry clothing in record time. Twenty minutes after the plane disappeared the freighter was full speed ahead for Midland.
The five survivors, the pilot, two navigators and two wireless air gunners, remarked later that they "just dropped in for dinner." They dined royally on roast beef with all the trimmings and spent the whole day relaxing in American Navy uniforms, supplied by Capt. Galton. The Captain was quick tickled about his surprise recruits. And after they recovered from the first shock the RCAF men thoroughly enjoyed the hospitality shown to them on board the American freighter, from shortly before 10 o'clock Tuesday morning until six o'clock Tuesday evening.
They were met in Midland by officials from their base airport near Toronto and were taken back there after another dinner aboard the freighter.
Free Press Herald, Midland
Wednesday, August 3, 1844
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