Montreal, QB (near) Airliner Crashes, Oct 1943
FEAR 24 DEAD IN QUEBEC CRASH.
WRECKAGE IN ST. LAWRENCE.
SEARCHERS SIGHT DEBRIS -- BIG PLANE CARRIED 18 PASSENGERS, SIX CREWMEN.
Ottawa, Oct., 21. -- (C.P.) -- Searchers for a missing Liberator aircraft carrying 24 R.C.A.F. personnel from eastern air stations in Montreal have sighted wreckage off the mouth of the Saguenay River and it is feared the plane crashed in the St. Lawrence, killing all aboard, R.C.A.F. headquarters announced today.
Next-of-kin of the missing men have been notified and their names will be made public shortly.
"The aircraft, carrying men from stations of Eastern Air Command, left on a routine transport flight Tuesday. Some of the passengers were en route to Dorval. Others were on their way home on leave," the headquarters statement said.
"Last word of the missing aircraft was over Mont Joli (Que.), at 10 p.m. Tuesday, when it reported that a low ceiling made landing impossible and that it would head for Dorval."
The search for the missing four-motored aircraft has drawn out one of the biggest searching forces ever gathered in Canada. Eastern Air Command at Halifax previously announced that six of the 24 persons aboard the big aircraft were crew members and that the other 18 were passengers.
Reports from the Montreal-Quebec area said the search planes and naval craft on the river were hampered by thick, low-flying clouds.
The Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1943-10-21