United States Navy. TBM-3S Construction number 3134.
Royal Canadian Navy. Avenger AS 3M. BOC: Aug. 19, 1952. SOC: July 5, 1960. Flew in Squadrons VS 880 and VU 32.
Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC
#606 CF-KCH 1960-1969
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1961 – Tallied by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while en route to NB. 1962-1965 – No records, but may have flown in NB. 1966 – Pilot Hawes. 1967 – Pilot Knights. 1968 – Probably did not fly in NB.
Photographed by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while the Skyway TBMs were en route to NB.
Skyway TBM #606 as photographed by pilot Linc Alexander (Alexander Linkewich), from the book Firebomber into Hell. Linc was one of seven pilots hired to fly seven Avengers that Skyway had just purchased. This is probably 1960.
Conair Aviation Ltd., Abbotsford, BC
#606 CF-KCH 1969-1974
Aerial Spray Program – NB, Quebec
1969, 1970 – Pilot Almond. 1971 – Pilot Robb. 1972 – Flew in NB and Quebec. Pilot Paul. 1973 – Pilots Paul and Marsden. 1974 – Pilot Richards.
Crashed on takeoff at Boston Brook airstrip, NB, 6 June, 1974. Pilot Richards was unhurt, but the aircraft was destroyed and junked.
Conair TBM#606 after taking off at Dunphy airstrip, 1969.
“#6 is CF-KCH ex-USN ex-RCN Bu.# 53072 W/O Boston Brook 6 June 74 and #1 is CF-IMI Bu.# 53337 ex-USN ex-RCN warbird NL337GA in 2003 and then in 2007 VH-VTB in Australia.” The “Biz-Jet is CF-KCI [the missing letter from the series FKCF to FKCN – CA] belonging to Irving Oil of Saint John, NB, a big player in the forests of New Brunswick. Wood from Irving’s woodlands built the Mosquito bombers of WW II. They had their own TBM CF-IMO at one time.” [Posted by Barrie MacLeod to TBMs – Mil & Civ, 22 December 2014]
Conair TBM #606 FKCH crash site near Boston Brook, 1974.