United States Navy. Eastern TBM-3S Avenger. Construction number 3759.
Royal Canadian Navy. Delivered to RCN as 53697. AS 3M Avenger, flew as #908 for Squadron VC 920. BOC: July 25, 1952. SOC: July 5, 1960.
Sierra Aviation, Porterville, CA, 1962-1963. Registered as N9711Z. Flew as tanker #E46.
Wen Inc, Porterville, CA, 1963. Flew as tanker #E46.
P&B Aviation, Red Bluff, CA, 1966. Struck trees during fire bombing run but managed to land safely at Coalinga, CA, July 17, 1967 [NTSB Report].
Sis-Q Flying Service, Montague, CA
#E33 N9711Z 1969-1974?
1974 – Did not fly in NB as a Sis-Q aircraft. Sis-Q sold #E33 to FPL in 1974, one of 5 in total.The Sevogle Times site includes #E33’s contract history with the California Division of Forestry, a period that spanned 11 years (1962 to 1973):
Forest Protection Limited, Fredericton, NB
#E33 / #20 C-GLEH 1975-1987
Aerial Spray Program – NB
1974 – FPL purchased GLEH in late 1974 from Sis-Q Flying Service Inc., Santa Rosa, California, then dry leased it from Evergreen Air Services. It did not fly in NB in 1974. 1975 – Dry leased from Evergreen Air Services. Pilot Stuart. 1976 – Dry leased from Evergreen Air Services. Pilot Garon. 1977 – Pilot Maike. 1978 – Flew as #33. Pilot Vallee. Repainted and renumbered (#E33 to #20) to fleet standard after 4 July, 1978. 1979, 1980, 1981 – Pilot Wilson. 1982 – Pilot Guindon. 1983, 1984 – Pilot Martindale. Crashed 18 May 1984 15:30 h. TBM GLEH owned and operated by FPL and piloted by Tom Martindale of Tillsonburg, Ontario, experienced an undercarriage failure on landing at Brockway airstrip. The pilot was not injured but the aircraft was extensively damaged. [See the images below.] It was later repaired. 1985 – Pilot Provenzano. 1986 – Pilot Provenzano. 1987 – Pilot Garon.
Crashed 6 June 1987, 0615 h. TBM GLEH owned and operated by FPL and piloted by Paul Garon of Truro, NS, crashed at Boston Brook airstrip, some 20 miles north of St. Leonard, NB. Pilot Garon died in the accident. The aircraft was completely destroyed. There is a detailed account of the crash, complete with a map, on The Sevogle Times site (The Garon Dossier).
TBM #20 undercarriage failure, 18 May 1984, Brockway airstrip