Issoudun, QB Jetliner Crashes, Aug 1957

They forged a path to the spot about a half-mile away and found "parts of bodies scattered over about two acres of level, treeless, semi-muskeg."
"The immense crater where the plane struck had already filled with water," said the boy.
Neighboring farm hand GUY MICHAUD, 21, said he saw the plane flying low with all four of its propellers stalled.
"The next thing I knew there was a big explosion." Issoudun villagers told of hearing a "frightening blast" as the plane plunged into the swamp beside thick bushes.
It was last seen whining into the advance clouds of a vicious thunder storm.
Clothing, Passports and parts of bodies were strewn over acres of the swamp.
The body of an infant lay near the empty pilot's seat and a fragment of a navigation map. At another spot was a human arm.
No other bodies were immediately found.
The plane left Keflavik, Iceland early Sunday and checked in by radio at Moncton, N.B., Mont Joli, Que., and Quebec City.
Minutes after passing Quebec, it crashed.
An air force plane from Trenton, Ont., dropped three members of a para-rescue squad which, sent back the brief message:
"There are no survivors."
MCA officials here said they had "absolutely no idea of what caused the plane to crash."
The aircraft was one of three DC-4's used for overseas charter service. Regular MCA service is mostly in the maritime provinces.
Canon ALEXANDRE DeBLOIR, parish priest of Ste. Croix, about five miles from the crash scene, saw the plane fly into the storm. Later, he related, "the nuns who work in the presbytery said they had seen a plane flying very low."
"Seconds later there had been a frightening blast. But the nuns did not think it was the plane. They thought it was a highway crash."
Farmer EVARISTE CHAREST said he heard a sound "like tin banging against trees" then a loud explosion.
The main part of the plane was pitched into the bush 500 feet ahead of the motors. Clothing and equipment hung in trees.
Police believed several bodies might have been thrown into the bush but postponed a search until today.
A team of inspectors from the federal transport department's district office in Montreal has left Montreal to investigate the crash.
The afternoon storm poured several inches of rain into the swamp. Searchers worked ankle deep in water and mud.
One twisted propeller was found a quarter-mile away.
The first to report from the crash scene were the three RCAF parachutists -- Sgts. JACK CLYDON, DON NIVANS and AL SMITH, all of Trenton.
"Everything seems to have been blown to bits -- the plane everyone aboard and every piece of clothing," reported CBC photographer FRANCOIS DUSSAULT.
The plane carried 41 women, 29 men and three children -- an infant girl and two boys.
ALAN LOVE and his son PETER, 5, of Charlottetown, were talked into taking the flight by relatives in England. They had believed it would stop at Gander and planned to transfer there to another plane. The DC-4 didn't stop and the LOVES died in the wreck.
The two stewardesses -- ANNE-MARIE HARVEY, 23 and CHARLOTTE LeBLANC, 28, both of Moncton -- had joined Maritime Central only three months ago.
The illness of her husband probably saved the life of MRS. HILDA ASHTON of Toronto.
First reports had included her name in the passenger list. But a check of her home disclosed she had flown home late last month after attending a family reunion in Sittingbourne, Kent, because her husband had been taken to hospital with a serious lung condition.
In Toronto Maritime Central Airways issued Sunday night a statement over the signature of F. T. BRIGGS, its president, which said:
"Maritime Central Airways announces with deepest regret that ground parties have re reached the scene of the crash of their DC-4 aircraft and report that there are no survivors."
"Sincerest sympathy is extended to the next of kin of passengers and crew."
"The superintendent of maintenance and engineering MR. JOHN GALLE, together with Managing Director C. F. BURKE and chief pilot Capt. G. GODFREY of the company are arriving in Quebec city tonight to investigate the crash in an effort to establish the cause."

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Memorial/Gravesite for Victims of Issoudun

Hi. My Aunt and Uncle, Vera and Lloyd Tompkins, were on that terrible flight. The gravesite is not in Issoudun but in Toronto. Mount Pleasant Cemetery is where all the remains were interred and a monument raised to those unfortunates. If you would like to share your email with me I can send you a copy of the map of the cemetery showing where the gravesite is. I have visited several times since relocating to the US from England. It is beautifully maintained and is a very peaceful place.

There is a monument close to

There is a monument close to the sight of the crash in the community of Issoudun, however the remains of the crash victims were buried in a mass grave in Toronto where there is another monument. This is in Prospect Cemetery, near the front gate off of St Clair Avenue. I have been to Issoudun, but not Prospect Cemetery - however there is a picture of that monument online. My Grandmother Annie Watts died in the crash.

Monument

The monument is beside the church - a bit of distance from where the plane went down in a marsh. My grandmother Annie Watts was on the flight and my father, Ronnie Watts was at the airport waiting for her. Apprarently they kept announcing the flight 'delayed' for a long time, before they announced that there had been a crash.

Maritime Central Airways Flight 315 - Heathrow to Toronto

In 1957 when this unfortunate air crash occurred, I was a little boy of seven.

At that time, my Grandmother (Mary Stokes) lived with us, and I vaguely recall her having received news from Canada, that her Sister, Mrs Annie Watts, was on this aircraft and had unfortunately perished with all souls on board!

An horrendous end to all their lives, but if following investigations are to be accepted, then thankfully, none would have had too much time to consider their end!

Amazing that nigh on sixty years hence, an aircraft will fly through such clouds and not be troubled......

air crash

My uncle was on the flight dad had talked to me about the crash and his therorythere was a documentry done by diasters of the century, if you need any information I will try and help.

Kevin Worts

Lucy Baikie

Lucy also visited my grandmother - Emily Margaret Smith (Peet). I think I have a photo from the visit

The family name is actually

The family name is actually spelled Thomlinson. Gordon and his son Michael lived in Cambridge (Galt), Ontario. Gordon's son Eric has a son Michael that now lives in Hamilton, Ontario

Your grandfather and young uncle

I find it extremely coincidental that your grandfather Gordon Thomlinson and your uncle Michael Thomlinson were killed in this airplane crash. Because my grandfather Albert Kersley and grandmother Jessie Kersley were also killed in this crash. I am an uncle to a Michael Tomlinson.
I would like to discuss your ancestry if you would get in touch with me.
Thanks
Gordon Tomlinson

Issoudun Traggic Flight Crash Aug 1957

My husbands Grandmother was on this flight, Mrs Sarah Shaver and her Aunt both from Galt ON returning from their visit to Scotland. I remember my mother in law talking about being at the airport waiting for the flight to arrive picking up her mother and aunt. Does anyone know where the gravesite is in Issoudun, PQ ?

Hello, I am writing on behalf

Hello,
I am writing on behalf of my grandmother. Her brother, Robert; father, John Francis and her uncle, William were on this flight. We are always looking for more information regarding this accident. If you know of anything else or would like to exchange knowledge, this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
Carolyn