United States Navy. TBM-3E Avenger. Construction number 3454.
Royal Canadian Navy. Flew as TF*G 306 with Squadrons VS 881 and VU 32. BOC: June 16, 1950. SOC: July 5, 1960.
Skyway Air Services, Langley, BC
#608 CF-KCK 1960-67
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1961 – Tallied by Larry Milberry May 22, 1961, in Cartierville, Quebec, while en route to NB. 1962-1965 – Probably worked in NB during these years. 1966 – Pilot Hill.
Fire Suppression – BC
1967 – Pilot Donald Sutherland Hill. Crashed and destroyed 8 August 1967 near Fruitvale, BC, while conducting water bombing; pilot Hill was killed. The Department of Transport accident card below gives the precise location as “Kelly Creek, 10 miles east of Trail, BC”, which is near Fruitvale. “The aircraft struck a wooded hillside during a forest fire fighting operation. The aircraft was destroyed by impact and fire and the pilot was killed. Misjudged distance.”