Watson Lake is a key target for vintage-aircraft hunters, mainly because of the area’s sheer volume of air crashes." While browsing my database (16Nov16) for random updates I came across, while googling, images that served as an update for a Douglas DC-3 (C-47D 43-49403, c/n 26664/15219) wreck near Gustavus, Glacier Bay in Alaska.
sent me this photo and email in June 2014: "I came across the email from Mr. I don’t know Ken at all, but was intrigued by his comments about a B-17 in a lake NE of Whitehorse. A B-17 crash landed SW of Whitehorse, on Bennett Lake near Carcross (1940s), but it was later retrieved from shallow waters. This Boeing B-17 was taking part in a search for a RCAF Mitchell that had gone missing the summer of 1952. (Ted) Stull, 52, a well-known figure in Canadian commercial aviation, died here Saturday after a brief illness. Stull, a veteran of more than 30 years in air transport, was "Western Region Operations Manager" for Trans-Canada Air Lines.
) Ken Ettie also wrote me in june 2017, making me aware of this 2009 event: RCMP seize salvaged bomber -by Tristin Hopper, 05Jun2009 Part of the text reproduced here (I have no photos to share): "An Alberta couple’s attempt to salvage a piece of Second World War aviation history has been cut short by Yukon authorities.
Another B-26 crashed in Whitehorse, where it now lies buried under the runway.
Only one of the original six Marauders made it safely to Fairbanks.
"In my career, as a Canadian Flight Service Specialist, I have been involved in SAR operations many times.
This involved co-ordinating with the canadian military Search and Rescue out of Trenton and Victoria.
He immediately went to help and amazingly there were no serious injuries!
; He took the pilot and passengers (I think there were three in total) to the nearest hospital (Arborg, which is about 16 miles away) to get checked out.They have ten planes now, carrying from four to 12 passengers on regular schedules, but most of their business is freight. Ted's got back about 0,000 of his 0 already, and the company's took in about ,000. "You know," he said suddenly, "It makes me homesick to think of what's back there.The house and the car, the fellows all around, the bush country with its miners and trappers , Hunyaks, Canucks, breeds, the airplanes coming down on lakes lost from the world.' At Red Lake, they damn near needed a traffic cop last summer.They all walked to the store and then sent a teamster with a team of horses and a sleigh to pick up the baggage and freight." E. "Well, we didn't even have maps." Finally, his own company started, with a war buddy, Milt Ashton, as general manager and with a fellow pilot [Glenn Morris?some text unreadable], Ted Stull, as vice president in charge of maintenance. A while ago, a sourdough got hold of Ted Stull and said he had a hunch about a place up along the Sachlgo River. To file a claim you've got to make a shot of doing some work on it, so this fellow just goes through the motions because he's not ready to work it yet, runs a diamond drill down any old where and dulls out 0-a-ton ore.While talking with one of the officers from the Victoria unit, he informed me that they have a data bank of most of the Canadian crash sites that have been reported and investigated over the years.