United States Navy. TBM-3. Construction #: 3318
Aerial Applicators, Salt Lake City, UT, #D19, N9592C, 1963-1970.
Hicks & Lawrence Ltd., St. Thomas, ON
#19 CF-ZYB 1971
1971 – Crash. FZYB was scheduled to come to NB but crashed 1 June 1971 during a practice flight northwest of Dryden, Ontario. [Don Henry] The pilot was Clarence “Clare” Syme of Abbotsford, B.C. See the article about this crash in the Ottawa Citizen. The Department of Transport accident card reveals that the aircraft “crashed into trees during a fire bombing run” and that the pilot “was trapped in the cockpit for approx. 6 hrs before being sighted by a copter pilot flying over the area.”
A 2011 post by Bill Brisson to a geocaching site (RCCanada.ca) turned up four images of the crash site and wreck and on the second page, an aerial photo of the precise location of the wreck/geocache site. The accident card shows the general location: Niddrie, located on Walsh Lake, about 10 km west of Amesdale, but the geocaching site precisely locates the site on Google Maps below, some distance north at N 50° 02.383 W 093° 06.530. A second geocaching site has another posting.