War Years - a new button on the Home Pageby Doug Roy on 09/21/10
A few weeks ago I received an email from Mr. Mel Lowther from Kamloops, BC and below he tell the story of the 24 remaining Cansos leaving Iceland, returning to Canada in 1945! Check out our new button on the home page "War Years" to see the camp sign at R.C.A.F. station in Reykjavik, Iceland during WWII.
KWITCHERBELLIAKIN - it's pronounced "Quit Your Belly Aching" - later renamed Camp Maple Leaf.
My son found your web site and e-mailed it to me.
I was a airframe mechanic in the RCAF. On Feb. 12th 1945 I was posted to 162 squadron in Reykjavik Iceland We had 25 Canso's, On April 3rd we lost 11066. When the war ended we were busy preparing the 24 Canso's for their return flight to Canada.
Most of us stayed up till midnight to see them all take off. At midnight when the first Canso took off, the sun had just set below the horizon.They took off 3 minutes apart, when the last one took off the sun just started to rise.
I didn't know they had modified any to water bombers. Do you plan on restoring 11049 to a water bomber, or back to the original?
I would like to hear from you.
R163772 Lowther M.M.