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McBride, Ronald George CD (Captain)

Killed in Flying Accident 1976-05-16

Birth Date: 1934-02-15 (age 42)

Born: Toronto, Ontario

Son of Patrick William and Mary Elsie (nee Couimons) McBride of Toronto, Ontario.

Husband of Eleanor Ann (nee Nealan) McBride and father of Douglas, Steven and Kim McBride of Lahr, Germany.

Home: Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment: Toronto, Ontario

Enlistment Date: 1954-10-12

Decorations: CD


Canadian Forces Decoration
Service
RCAF
Unit
444 Sqn- Squadron
Strike Swift Strike Sure
Rank
Captain
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
D65513870

Kiowa 136235

Transport 1976-May-16 to 1976-May-16

Ex US Army OH-58A-BF 71-20900. With No. 444 Squadron at CFB Lahr, Germany. Destroyed when it struck wires during low flight near Avasinis, north east Italy on 16 May 1976. the flight had originally departed Venzone, Italy on a reconnaissance mission in an earthquake affected area to familiarize the crew with the area while looking for other damage. The crew observed some problems with the dam in the area just north of Avasinis and proceeded up the valley towards the dam for further inspection. Exiting the valley, the pilot flew into an undetected cable. The helo was flying at approximately 200 ft above the ground at 60 knots. The cable slid up the windshield, cut through the upper cowling and then contacted the mast and control rods. The cable snapped and became entangled in the mast. The pilot initiated a descent but approximately 50 ft above ground, the control rods severed and the main rotor decelerated. The pilot lost control as a result and the helo yawed left, hit the ground nose low and rolled inverted. Captain R.G. “Buck” McBride was killed in the crash and the rest of the crew was injured. This accident contributed directly to further CF interest in the Bristol Canada Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS). SOS: 23 December 1976 - Category “A” write-off
Former Army pilot.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Burial
Google Map Choloy War Cemetery, France
Plot V Row B Grave 6

Bell CH-136 Kiowa

(Vic Johnson Photo)(Source Harold A Skaarup Web Page)
Bell CH-136 Kiowa (Serial No. 1362--), No. 444 Sqn, 4 CMBG, Germany.

The OH-58A Kiowa is a 4-place observation helicopter. The Kiowa has two-place pilot seating, although the controls in the left seat are designed to be removed to carry a passenger up front. A total of 74 OH-58A helicopters were delivered to the Canadian Armed Forces between 1971 and 1972 as a Light Observation Helicopter (LOH), performing duties such as reconnaissance, command and liaison or artillery fire direction. The CAF re-designated them as the CH-136 Kiowa. Although similar in appearance to the trainer Bell CH-139 Jet Ranger, major differences between the two helicopters include the main rotor blades and dynamic components. The CH-136 was powered by a C-18 engine and the CH-139 was powered by a C-20 engine. Harold Skaarup web page

Wkikpedia Wikipedia Kiowa helicopter

General Harold A Skaarup Web Page

General Helis.com RCAF Kiowa Aircraft

Kestrek Publications CH-136 Kiowa - Kestrel Publications

CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (74), Canadian Aircraft Losses (5)
last update: 2021-10-28 15:37:39

Kiowa 136235

Ex US Army OH-58A-BF 71-20900. With 444 Squadron at CFB Lahr, Germany. Destroyed when it struck wires during low flight near Avasinis, north east Italy on 16 May 1976. the flight had originally departed Venzone, Italy on a reconnaissance mission in an earthquake affected area to familiarize the crew with the area while looking for other damage. The crew observed some problems with the dam in the area just north of Avasinis and proceeded up the valley towards the dam for further inspection. Exiting the valley, the pilot flew into an undetected cable. The helo was flying at approximately 200 ft above the ground at 60 knots. The cable slid up the windshield, cut through the upper cowling and then contacted the mast and control rods. The cable snapped and became entangled in the mast. The pilot initiated a descent but approximately 50 ft above ground, the control rods severed and the main rotor decelerated. The pilot lost control as a result and the helo yawed left, hit the ground nose low and rolled inverted. Captain R.G. “Buck” McBride was killed in the crash and the rest of the crew was injured. This accident contributed directly to further CF interest in the Bristol Canada Wire Strike Protection System (WSPS).
SOS: 23 December 1976 - Category “A” write-off.

1972-04-20 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1976-12-23 Struck off Strength Struck off after crash, see comments. 2019-08-20


444 Sqn- Squadron Strike Swift Strike Sure

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