The Dakota 576 airplane wreck is located in an area of thick woods near Port Hardy, British Columbia. It was here during the height of WWII on April 19, 1944 that Pilots JM Talbot & TS Wordlow as well as Sergeant TR Moss were doing a training exercise as they left Sidney on the lower part of Vancouver Island en route to Pat Bay when after having low fuel they instead planned on a landing at Port Hardy airport. Encountering weather w/ poor visibility the plane overshot the airport at Port Hardy & while coming in for a landing from the northwest had run out of fuel a few kilometers short of the runway & crashed here. Both pilots died after the front end of the plane hit a boulder while the Sergeant survived. Sixty years later on April 19, 2004, two older brothers of TS Wordlow flew in from England & landed by helicopter at the crash site (marked by the wooden constructed square platform in view) for a rededication. The Royal Air Force emblem is still visible on the exterior of the aircraft. A memorial obelisk was constructed in September 2001 reading:
Crashed 19th April, 1944
P.O. J.M. Talbot, Pilot - KIFA
P.O. T.S. Wordlow, Pilot - KIFA
SGT. T.R. Moss, W.A.G. - Survived
While on a navigation exercise from R.A.F. 32 O.T.U. Pat Bay, BC. The aircraft overshot Port Hardy airport and ran out of fuel.
Requiescat en pace fratres
101 R.C.A.F. (North Island) Squadron, August 2001
The plane is a protected Provincial Heritage Site under Canadian law, making it illegal to damage, desecrate, alter the site, or remove any object or material. Failure to comply could result in fines of up to $50,000 and/or two years imprisonment.
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