2021 - 405 Squadron's 80th Anniversary
As of September 26, 2021, 7 families have been contacted.
Lancaster KB914 along with another squadron Lancaster of 405 (MR) Squadron, had been dispatched to Keflavik, Iceland for an anti-submarine exercise. On January 31, 1953, the two crews received orders to proceed to Goose Bay, Labrador, to search for a missing civilian Beechcraft Expeditor. They were to carry out a track crawl to Goose Bay, watching for the missing aircraft. The two Lancasters departed Keflavik February 1, 1953. The second Lancaster arrived safely at Goose Bay with their plane coated with ice. By the time that KB914 was approaching Goose Bay at 1526 hours local, the base was experiencing heavy snowfall with nil visibility and the GCA system was unserviceable. The aircraft was ordered to divert to Torbay, Newfoundland. The aircraft headed eastwards, but at 1630 local the pilot reported that two engines were feathered, and he was returning to Goose Bay. They reported their position as approximately 52.00N, 58.00W and requested a weather update for Goose Bay. That was the last communication with KB914. Search called off 16 February 1953.
On June 15, 1953 the pilot of a DH Beaver of Laurentian Air Services, spotted the wreckage of KB914 at approximately 52.56N, 57.56W. An RCAF ground party reached the site on June 16th.
The memorial was installed on 21 September 2021 and will be dedicated in the spring of 2022, if Covid19 restrictions allow.
Details of crash www.cahs.ca/home/400-crash-kb914.html
Flying Officer Stephen James Decker, Navigator, age 24, Cook’s Harbour, NFLD CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Bernard Delbert Forbes, Radio Officer, age 23, North Bay, ON CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Francis Steward Fowlow, Radio Officer, age 24, St John’s NFLD CONTACT MADE
Corporal Joseph Donat Gallant, Flight Engineer, age 34, Urbainville, PEI CONTACT MADE
Corporal Roger David Joseph Lalonde, Flight Engineer, age 30, Colbalt, ON CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Charles Bruce Scott, Co-pilot, age 27, St John, NB
Flying Officer Thurland Mabury Tate, Radio Officer, age 22, Grand Manan, NB CONTACT MADE
Flying Officer Thomas Claude Wagar, DFC, Pilot, age 32, Parham, ON
Flying Officer Douglas David Wood, Navigator, age 21, Peterborough, ON CONTACT MADE