15 feet of Albatross

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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby Millicent2 » Thu Jan 11, 2018 6:51 am

This may be her. RCAF 9307 = G455.

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/492440540488182604

You may need to look around a little to find the photo on this page. "07" on the nose.
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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby dogsbody » Thu Jan 11, 2018 5:20 pm

Nice!


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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby Millicent2 » Mon Jan 15, 2018 2:30 am

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It woiks! It woiks! My first picture on Imgur. G455, possibly. RCAF 9307, definitely.
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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby DavidLegg » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:18 pm

Hi Elliott - a fellow researcher who is not a member of this forum would like to make contact with you regarding the identity of your Albatross bow section. This is a genuine approach and he can be contacted at colinrsmith@btinternet.com You may well find it helpful to make contact.

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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby Millicent2 » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:52 pm

Hi, David;
I have not looked in on this forum for a while, but I will sure contact Colin now.
Thank you!
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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby Millicent2 » Mon Jul 23, 2018 7:55 pm

I finally captured the RESCUE lettering on "film".
These two images are the same photo -- the second one with my red crayon added.
(The U is there also, but this photo file may be a tad too large to fit.)

The theory here is that only the ten RCAF planes had this lettering.

Yesterday, I found a tiny bit more information on a web page I had not seen before. Nothing dramatic.

It still looks like I have G-455.
George Armstrong ruled out G-453, G-457, and G-458, but I do not yet know how. All I find on those is "Probably Destroyed".

G-449 is listed as Written Off in 1973. This was probably after it left the RCAF, since I have found that two others (G-451 and G-456) were returned to Grumman in 1971.
G-450 is listed as Written Off in 1966. This was probably during service with the RCAF -- pre-1971.
But I do not know the exact definition of "written off".

The remaining four of the ten are accounted for.


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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby OGJ » Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:09 pm

Concerning Albatross G-450 you say "G-450 is listed as Written Off in 1966. This was probably during service with the RCAF -- pre-1971. But I do not know the exact definition of "written off".

In the case of this aircraft, "written off" means it was totally destroyed.

See the following:

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

It states:

On April 23, 1966, a Royal Canadian Air Force Grumman CSR-110 Albatross (9302) serving with No. 121 Composite Unit (KU) at RCAF Station Comox, BC crashed on the Hope Slide. It was the only RCAF Albatross loss. Five of the six crew members died (Squadron Leader James L. Braiden (passenger), Flying Officer Christopher J. Cormier (radio operator), Leading Aircraftsman Robert E. MacNaughton (crewman), Flight Lieutenant Phillip L. Montgomery (co-pilot), and Flight Lieutenant Peter Semak (pilot)). Flying Officer Bob Reid (navigator) was the sole survivor. A portion of the wreckage is still visible and can be hiked to.

The story of the Albatross crash, by the only survivor F/O Bob Reid, the navigator, can be found here:
https://www.notaries.bc.ca/resources/sc ... ins-50.pdf

An article published in Apr. 2006 and updated in Apr. 2018 about retired Air Force Captain Robert Reid
can be found here:
https://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/na ... le1097966/

I'm pretty sure you can strike G-450 CSR-110 #9302 RCAF, off your list as a possible.
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Re: 15 feet of Albatross

Postby Millicent2 » Tue Sep 11, 2018 8:35 pm

Thank you, OGJ! That does indeed wipe G-450 off my list for good. I sure appreciate it!
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