Sunday, December 4, 2011

Mitchell B-25 crash in 1953

Two photos from the 1953 B-52 crash just north of Widgeon Lake, at the top of a mountain.

 Frank Goodship fonds. Item No. IHP9267-0710.  Date 1953.  b&w negative ; 6 x 6 cm. Shows the remains of a Royal Canadian Air Force plane crashed against a mountain. Research indicates it was a Mitchell B-25 Mk 3PT Ex USAF B-25J-30/32-NC serial number 44-31346 that crashed at Widgeon Lake, near Pitt Lake. Record ID 48255



Frank Goodship fonds. Item No. IHP9267-0712. Date 1953.  b&w negative ; 6 x 6 cm. Photograph of a Royal Canadian Air Force plane crashed against a mountain with helicopter 9606 hovering over it. Research indicates it was a Mitchell B-25 Mk 3PT Ex USAF B-25J-30/32-NC serial number 44-31346 that crashed at Widgeon Lake, near Pitt Lake.  Record ID 48257
Both photos from the New Westminster Archives

    I have created a PDF file that contains pictures and newspaper articles from the time of the accident.
Download the 1130kb PDF, or view it using the Google viewer in Google docs.  (No sign in needed)

Combat Report (1942)
Documentary short, nominated for an Oscar in 1943. Follows the crew of a Mitchell bomber from the 2nd Bombardment Group as they fight submarines. Signal Corps Film No 2.

And if you could find one to fly, you had better study this:
 Pilot Training Manual For The Mitchell Bomber B-25 (1944)

A Panoramio user: fitafter4kids has posted some nice aerial photos of the crash site, the best yet :)

Please remember that this is a protected site, and Nothing is to be removed.
Five people lost their lives here: Ernest Dorph Thygesen, Jack Wayne McIntosh, Murray Donald Hill, Kirk Gerald McGinnis,  and, Ian Martin De Witt.

Cheers

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Grant Narrows

 From the Georgia Strait;  In the Grant Narrows wilds, it's another world
Time will tell how the new ownership goes.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Grant Narrows

Well Metro Vancouver has bailed out of Grant Narrows park, leaving the concession operator, high and dry.
Family’s four-year effort at business by Pitt Lake about to go under
Here is the official statement PDF from Metro.

From what I know, the property was under lease to Metro, from the Province. But as the lease was ending the Katzie FN, were attempting to put a land claim on it.

Maps of the area

Maps that cover Burke-Pinecone Provincial Park, and surrounding areas. These maps are in 1: 50 000 scale, except for the geology maps.) These are all fast links to their Geoscan pages, from Natural Resources Canada, just click on “more”, which will open up a larger listing of options to the different map options, Geopdf are digitized pdf’s which allow you to customize the layers, and create your own maps. They all download in their own separate zip formatted folders, just open the folder and drag the map onto your desktop.
Vancouver North, Coquitlam, and Pitt Lake map Areas, British Columbia With Special Emphasis On the Evolution of the Plutonic Rocks; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, Memoir 335, 1965, ; 276 pages.
( Three maps and three drawings are included in a zip file of the entire book.)

Port Coquitlam, BC , NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 7) 2009

Port Coquitlam, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/7, (edition 6) 2002

Geology Coquitlam, BC; Roddick, J A. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1153A , 1965

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 4) 2009

Pitt River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/10, (edition 3) 2002

Geology Pitt Lake, Vancouver, East Half, BC; Roddick, J A; Armstrong, J E. Geological Survey of Canada, "A" Series Map 1151A , 1965

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 4) 2009

Mamquam Mountain, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/15, (edition 3) 2002

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 5) 2009

Stave River, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/9, (edition 4) 2002

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 4) 2009

Glacier Lake, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/16, (edition 3) 2002

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 4) 2009

Squamish, BC, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/11, (edition 3) 2003

New Westminster, BC - Canada - United States of America, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 7) 2009

New Westminster, BC - United States, NRC. Canadian Topographic Maps 92G/2, (edition 6) 2003

Pitt Lake legends videos

I personally do not believe in any of it, the Mitchell bomber site and the wreckage, should be left alone as a memorial to the crew who died there.

Mitchell Bomber Part 1 --- Part 2

Nazi gold Part 1 --- Part 2

Seekers of gold Part 1 --- Part 2

And a website devoted to putting to rest the myth of Slumach

One of a set of raw video about the curse of Slumach Item : MI-475 - Lost Mine - tape 18
original raw footage for "Curse of the Lost Gold Mine." Includes an interview with John F. H. Thompson, a geologist at UBC, who talks about the geology of Pitt Lake, shots of a map of Pitt Lake and Michael Collier plotting out a route on the map, also includes an interview with Mike Boileau, who has been looking into finding gold in the Pitt Lake area since 1979, he talks about the curse, the stories of Pitt Lake, and his own experiences at Pitt Lake.
This video is part of the Series S4 - Curse of the Lost Gold Mine series located at the Vancouver Archives.