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Tofino WWII plane wreck
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One of the worst kept secret in the province. The Canso flight 11007 plane wreck. Crashed landed due to engine failure, all 12 crew members survived.

An usually extremely muddy hike to the plane was nearly mud less after our fabulous summer. after sitting there for 72 years, the thieves, souvenir hunters, and vandals. Only left the fuselage and part of the two engines. still, it is worth the hike to check it out.

Nearby, there is a bomb crater. Created when they destroyed the four, 115.5KG bombs they had on board.


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Inside cargo hold, Looking toward what was the cockpit
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Rear cargo hold
Canso plane wreck ,



Mid cargo hold, looking back
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What used to be a cockpit
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Wing walker
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I asked a friend on his thought on climbing up there.... his answer; there's graffitti up there, it must be safe.
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1200 HP engine
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The last pic is really cool with the names and info.

I LOL'd at "there's graffiti up there. It must be safe!" ;)




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Excellent find and images!




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Love that engine shot, looks like a bunch of Harley Knuckleheads playing ring around the rosy.




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super cool! I can't even imagine how amazing it'd be to be the first one to find something like this :o




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Love that engine shot, looks like a bunch of Harley Knuckleheads playing ring around the rosy.


My exact thought!

Great shots. Not every day you get to shoot some plane wreckage. I really enjoy the shot looking back at the tail end.




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Damn, that thing's been sitting there for 72 years.

Those planes are weird-lookin' to begin with! explains some of the shapes in your photos though!





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Thanks, Sparro -- that helps a lot!




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Thanks, Sparro -- that helps a lot!


bump.
A strong, beautiful plane.
That image really causes me to feel sad to her wreck laying out there, written off... forgotten.




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Great pictures! I really enjoyed your write up, ive really been wanting to make the trek out there sometime to go see it.




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Great pictures! I really enjoyed your write up, ive really been wanting to make the trek out there sometime to go see it.


Go before the rain comes... we had no rain all summer and its still fairly muddy at the moment. When my friend went couple years ago they had mud to their knees.




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I am not sure how many variation of the plane was made. But the one found in Tofino has the little turret on the front.








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I am not sure how many variation of the plane was made. But the one found in Tofino has the little turret on the front.

Okay, first of all, the coolest thing that I don't think has been mentioned, is that these planes are amphibious! They can land on, float on, and take off from water.

PBV-1A was just the designator for Canadian made version of the American "PBY Catalina", the original type of craft. There were about 30 different models of these, totalling 3,305 aircraft in nine years (1936-1945). Most were built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in the USA (1,868 craft), some were built in the Soviet Union, and the rest were made in Canada.

Canadian Vickers Limited built 380 PBV-1A aircraft, 150 going to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and the rest to the USAF under the model no. OA-10A.

The American PBY-5A model (1941-1945) changed the front gunner position for a rotating turret with twin .30 cal machine guns. Given the date of manufacture on this craft, (1943), the inclusion of the gunner turret makes sense. Best I can tell, that's what's pictured in your shots.

These craft were largely retired in the 1980s, but many remain in service as retrofitted water bombers. Their capacity as a cargo and bomber craft makes them well-suited for the job.

Here's a photo from WWII of a PBY-5A Catalina aircraft sitting on the water.




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Okay, first of all, the coolest thing that I don't think has been mentioned, is that these planes are amphibious! They can land on, float on, and take off from water.


The American PBY-5A model (1941-1945) changed the front gunner position for a rotating turret with twin .30 cal machine guns. Given the date of manufacture on this craft, (1943), the inclusion of the gunner turret makes sense. Best I can tell, that's what's pictured in your shots.



and can land in the trees too!!! but only once.

most used amphibious aircraft from WWII.
also if you search photos online of that plane wreck, even a few years ago the turret was somewhat intact.




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Go before the rain comes... we had no rain all summer and its still fairly muddy at the moment. When my friend went couple years ago they had mud to their knees.


This was 2 years ago also after a very dry summer. My girls jumping from log to log.





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I just got back from a week on the Island and made this hike in too. Considering it's October, it was pretty muddy! Once you gave up caring how dirty you got, the hike was better but still quite a trek in and very different terrain for me. Once I go through my pics, if I have anything different, I'll throw it up. I was surprised at how many people I saw making the hike. You literally have to park and then walk down the highway, count out 15 telephone poles and then start the hike in.




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Okay, first of all, the coolest thing that I don't think has been mentioned, is that these planes are amphibious! They can land on, float on, and take off from water.

PBV-1A was just the designator for Canadian made version of the American "PBY Catalina", the original type of craft. There were about 30 different models of these, totalling 3,305 aircraft in nine years (1936-1945). Most were built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in the USA (1,868 craft), some were built in the Soviet Union, and the rest were made in Canada.

Canadian Vickers Limited built 380 PBV-1A aircraft, 150 going to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), and the rest to the USAF under the model no. OA-10A.

The American PBY-5A model (1941-1945) changed the front gunner position for a rotating turret with twin .30 cal machine guns. Given the date of manufacture on this craft, (1943), the inclusion of the gunner turret makes sense. Best I can tell, that's what's pictured in your shots.

These craft were largely retired in the 1980s, but many remain in service as retrofitted water bombers. Their capacity as a cargo and bomber craft makes them well-suited for the job.

Here's a photo from WWII of a PBY-5A Catalina aircraft sitting on the water.

https://upload.wik...BY_5A_Catalina.jpg


That was an usual and versatile warbird!




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Amazing! What an impressive find. Of the many abandoned aesthetics, planes is one of my favorites. Mostly anything military is cool but i do especially enjoy planes.

Also great information about the PB. I do admire this thing.




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I'm finally adding a few pics here for this plane. To get there you have to park and hike down the highway and count out 15 telephone poles. The first pic is what's on the phone pole to guide you in...



An almost perfect circle where they set off an explosive after the crash.















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On the way in there's an old abandoned machine shop. There's a painted graffiti guy on the wall that scared the crap out of me as I came around the corner lol















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