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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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Lucy baikie

My cousin's daughters in the UK are trying to compile a family tree. Lucy Baikie was my mother's half sister. She visited all of us on her trip back to Nottingham in 1957. I was 12 at the time and remember the visit. My mother received a letter from her daughter, Mary shortly after the crash and we still have this letter, but I cannot read all the address.We would love to contact any relatives, hoping to expand the tree and discover more family history. My mother, Edna Wheatley (nee Peet) migrated with her husband and children to Australia in late 1957 and is still living there in a suburb of Sydney.

Aunt and cousin

My aunt Mrs Joyce Brown and her daughter Elaine Ruth Brown were on board. They had been visiting Joyce's family and that of her husband John Pagett Brown, in Sunderland, for the first time since Elaine's birth in Hamilton, Ontario. John had stayed behind in Hamilton and had been decorating the nursery at home ready for their return. Like others, he was waiting at the airport for the plane to arrive. In 1995, with my mother (John's younger sister), I was able to visit and lay flowers at the memorial in Toronto.

Re letter of June 9th, 2010

Were your ancestors from Gartnanane ??? May I ask

My grandmother is a Burns

My grandmother is a Burns and it was her father, brother and uncle that were on this flight. This flight still remains a mystery and we are still researching to find out more about this tragedy. Have you discovered any new information?

Canadian Air Disaster 1957

I remember the visit to Nottingham by Lucy Baikie. She was my mother's (Edna Wheatley nee Peet) half sister as they shared the same father. Mum was a daughter of Joseph Peet's second marriage. Lucy was about 30 years older than Mum. She gave me a leather brooch with two beaded moccasins handing from a bar beaded with the word Canada. We left England in December that year to make a new life in Australia. Mum is now 86 and living in a retirement village about half an hour from me. I am married to a man of Croatian origin whom I met in the migrant hostel. One of my daughters is now married to a Canadian whom she met when they were both working as entertainers on board ship and they live in a small unit next to our home in an outer suburb of Sydney. I would welcome any contact desired or any further information about family history.

Issudun 1957

My grandfather's brother, James Pinkney, was on the flight. I was 14 and lived in England. Uncle Jim, who had emmigrated to Canada before WW1, had just paid his first visit to England to visit his brother. I remember hearing about the crash on the Monday morning. I still have the British newspaper with the report of the crash.

Albert Kersley

Also my Great Grandfather, could you please contact me.

I would be your cousin, from Aunt Norah. Assuming Peter was your grandfather.

My Grandfather - Mitchell's Great Grandfather

Thanks so much for that story Mitchell. I was 5 yrs old when my grandfather and grandmother - Albert and Jessie Kersley were killed. I still remember that day when my mother - Norah and my Aunt Phil received the news of their parents accident. I did not know or did not remember that they found Grandpa's ring and I am so glad it is being still used today. Please feel free to write or ask any questions you have about your great-grandfather Mitchell.
Thank you again for your story. Gordon Tomlinson
P.S. Did you notice the third last name on the list of the deceased in this story!!! A little spooky for me....

My mother was on that flight

My mother was on that flight no it is still a mystery have been looking for answers for many years now still nothing.

My great grandfather

My great grandfather and grandmother were among the perished on the flight; Albert Kersley, my great grandfather was visiting Surrey from Toronto. I gather that in the wreckage all that was found of my great Grandfather was his wedding ring. The ring was recovered and passed to my grandfather. When the crash occured my father was yet to be born. My grandfather kept the ring and handed it down to my father once he had reached his late teens. My father kept the ring until a few days a go, when he passed it down to myself. The ring now, which I am currently wearing is still in good condition and am really proud to be wearing as a Kersley. The history behind the ring will never be forgotten and will be passed down through generations in the future to come.

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