Location: At Sea
On the night of March 23, 1965, while deployed on exercise to Puerto Rico, 404 Maritime Patrol and Training Squadron Argus 20727 (RCAF) plunged into the ocean 60 miles north of the island. The entire crew of 15 and a government scientist perished in the crash.
MAPLE SPRING 1965
Just before midnight, March 23, 1965, the crew of Argus 20727 from 404 Squadron was participating in the first Exercise MAPLE SPRING, performing an after-dark search for a Royal Navy submarine, flew over HMS Alcide when it crashed into the sea, some 96 km (60 miles) north of Puerto Rico. The submariners saw the glow of a crash reflected in the sky.
SAR operations were conducted but eventually suspended a few days later as no trace of the aircraft nor the 16 occupants was found. Due to lack of evidence, the exact cause of the accident could not be determined with certainty.
|VP International Memorial Plaque at CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia|
The 404 Squadron crew are listed below and there is a Memorial Plaque at CFB Greenwood honouring their memory:
- Squadron Leader John Alan Anderson, DSO, DFC, CD
- Sgt Paul Chapman, CD
- F/O Howard John Cocks
- F/O Bruce Wallace George Cromlish
- F/L Joseph Edmond Kay Antoine (Kaye) Huet
- F/O Ronald Clarence Johnson
- Sgt Maurice Jones, CD
- F/O Frederick Arthur Knights
- F/O George Alexander Maguire
- F/O John Morphet Peele
- F/L James Ernest Perron, CD
- F/O James Alexander Richardson
- F/L Carl Murray Sorge
- F/L Joseph Wilfred Tetrault, CD
- F/O Roger Griffith Williams
- Carmen Lambert Piggott, a civilian scientist (a Defence Research Board of Canada Officer)
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