Argus 20727 Air Crash 1965

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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.



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:



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