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Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:29 am

Here's a picture of an RCAF Grumman Goose at the wharf on the Avon River, at Windsor Nova Scotia. A Windsor history buff just posted the image on Facebook. I grew up on a farm about five miles by road from the very spot where the picture was taken. The wharf was still there in the very early 70's but was removed in the mid 70's.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby MrWidgeon » Thu Apr 24, 2014 1:48 am

Too bad it's not a bigger picture, I could probably ID for you.
Nice to see things are still coming out of the woodwork though.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:16 am

I hear you, Bill. I blew it up as large as I could, but the wing is covering the serial number, so I couldn't ID it either.


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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby MrWidgeon » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:26 am

Look at the reflection in the water, see if you can make it out there.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Thu Apr 24, 2014 3:50 pm

Tried that, too blurry. Need a larger image for sure.


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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby MrWidgeon » Thu Apr 24, 2014 4:59 pm

Dang, okay, I'm out of ideas.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Thu May 04, 2017 11:28 pm

Some intel on the photo I posted above. I found it here: https://www.geocaching.com/geocache/GC1 ... ndsor-feb8


" One beautiful summer evening in 1939, some of the residents of Windsor noticed the unusual sound of an airplane approaching the area. As the sound grew louder, a Grumman Goose aircraft came into view and proceeded to descend and land on the shallow water of the Avon River. The airplane had a special passenger on board, World War One Canadian flying ace Billy Bishop, who was being flown back to Ottawa after attending to official business in Halifax. En route, the pilot detected a minor engine problem, and decided to make a stop in Windsor to check it out. The crew waited for the tide to recede, and then made their way to the shore, having to walk through the slippery brown mud of the river bed. After consulting with the mechanic at a local garage, it was apparent that they would have to stay overnight at the nearby Victoria Hotel in order to allow time for repairs to be made and the tide to rise again. That evening many people living in town stopped by the waterfront to take in the sight of the Grumman Goose stuck in the mud at low tide. The next morning, as the plane floated above the mud flats, the twin engines were started up and tested, and the aircraft made its take off to continue the journey back to Ottawa. "


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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Thu May 04, 2017 11:34 pm

Oops! I forgot to post this slightly larger version of the first photo.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby MrWidgeon » Sun May 07, 2017 12:11 pm

If it occurred in the Summer of 1939 it can only be one Goose, because Canada only HAD one Goose then.
RCAF 917 C/N 1016 was the 1st Goose sold to a military customer and the only Goose in the RCAF inventory until after the outbreak of WW II that September.
The odd colored bow cap is another clue as to it's ID, it's the only early Canadian Goose with that distinctive marking.

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Re: Home Town Goose

Postby dogsbody » Sun May 07, 2017 6:25 pm

From here: http://www.rwrwalker.ca/RCAF_901_950_detailed.htm

Grumman Goose Mk. III
G-21A 1016
first date: June 1938 - Purchased second hand, from Gillies Aviation.
Manufactured in June 1938, sold to Gillies Aviation 1938. Later sold to RCAF. Taken on charge 26 July 1938. Used by No. 12 (Comm) Squadron, RCAF Station Rockcliffe, as VIP transport. Used by No. 13 (OT) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, 1940 to 1942. Used by No. 122 (K) Squadron, RCAF Station Patricia Bay, BC, 1942. Crashed near Yakutat, Alaska on 21 July 1942. Salvaged for spare parts.
last date: 23 October 1942 - Struck off.


Well, MrWidgeon, it looks like you solved another aviation mystery. Thank you.


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