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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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Comments

Aunt and cousin

Hi Jacqueline, I don't know if you have seen my entry on this website but Joyce was also my Aunt and Elaine my cousin. I am hoping to bring my mum over to Canada next year (2015) and would really love to meet you and any family that are there and also to visit the memorial. My mum is 86 so I'm not sure that she will be able to travel but hopefully she will be okay. I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,

Julie

Grandfather and Uncle

My grandfather and my Uncle Mike, 14 were on this flight. Honestly my mother never really recovered fully. She was at the airport to meet them with her 3 week old daughter and the shock was immense. Their names are misspelled on both this site and on the Memorial in Issoudun. Their names are Gordon Thomlinson and Michael Thomlinson.

Issoudun Air Disaster

I too am a decendent of the Burns men who perished in this disaster.
I recently was given my grandfathers masonic ring which he was wearing at the time 57 years ago.
Would like to know where the ring has been and any other information that could glean some additional information.

Bill Norris

Issoudun Air Disaster

I too am a decendent of the Burns men who perished in this disaster.
I recently was given my grandfathers masonic ring which he was wearing at the time 57 years ago.
Would like to know where the ring has been and any other information that could glean some additional information.

Bill Norris

My Grandmother Annie Watts

My Grandmother Annie Watts was on the flight - she is listed as 'Mr.' Annie Watts. I would like to track down her relatives in Manchester that she was visiting but I have lost her maiden name and have no idea how to reach back that far. I don't imagine that anyone will know anything about that - but if anyone does - please email me: paulwatts52@yahoo.com

Aunt and Cousin

Joyce was my mum's sister (see my entry 19th June 2013). She and the rest of the family lost all touch with John's family since that tragic day. It would be great to hear from you and find out about your family as I never met my auntie or my cousin and don't know much about John. We would also like to visit the memorial one day.

Wedding ring for Mrs. W. Burns

I have in my possession a wedding ring that would have belong to Mrs. W. Burns. I would really like to give it back to her or her descendant. Please contact me, and I will send it to you.

Thank you
Catherine

wedding Ring

i'm in possession of a wedding ring that belong to a Mrs. W. Burns would it be your grandmother. There is a date engraved inside, 13 may 1950.
Please contact me if this belong to your familly and I will send it to you.
Thank you
Catherine

My auntie and her baby were

My auntie and her baby were on this flight. 'Mrs Joyce Brown and Elaine Brown, infant'. They were visiting family, my auntie having emigrated to Canada with her new husband a couple of years before. My auntie had been staying with her mum and sisters (including my mum) for a few weeks so they could all meet her baby. This happened before I was born and I can only imagine the pain and devastation it must have caused to all the families of those killed. My mum often still talks about her sister and her beautiful niece but what makes it worse is that they were never informed of any details regarding the crash and never had the chance to visit the area or the memorial. My mum is 85 now but would still love to travel to Canada and see where it all happened but cannot afford to. I would appreciate it if anyone has any information on the investigation or details about the memorial.

Hi Stuart, I've just read

Hi Stuart,

I've just read your post and hope that you will be able to read this even though it is some years after you posted it. your mother was my aunt making us cousins, her brother Bernard was my dad, he sadly passed away 2 years ago. I met your sister Jocelyn when she came over to visit all the family in Hersham, I'm sorry to hear from my mum that she too has passed away now, seems all the good die young.

I am coming over to the States and Canada on a big motorcycle tour with a friend this August for 2 months (2013) if you do get to read this it would be great to speak to meet you, we are planning on visiting Vancover so it would depend on how far away from there you were as we have a limited schedual to get back down to LA to return home to Spain.

Hope you get to see this cousin.

Mark

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