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Street, Christine (Civilian)

Killed in Flying Accident 1943-03-26

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115 Sqn- Squadron
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Norseman IV (2481) aircraft, which had taken flight from Ketchikan in Alaska to return three American U.S.O. (United Service Organizations) concert performers to Annette Island, encountered a sudden snow squall while attempting to land near the Annette Island base; the four air crewmen and three U.S.O. civilians perished when the aircraft crashed into the sea, six miles north-west of Annette Island, near Warburton Island.

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The casualties of this accident were:- Squadron Leader Fred Burpee CURRY, Flight Lieutenant Ian MacMillan DOWLING, Leading Aircraftman Edward Kitchener MacMICHAEL , Flight Lieutenant Ernest Bunting STAPLEFORD, Miss Maxine (MARCH) GLOECKNER (U.S.O), Miss Adelaide J. (ROY) KAISER (U.S.O.) and Miss Christine STREET (U.S.

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Crew on Norseman Mk. IV 2481

Noorduyn Norseman

Noorduyn Norseman MK. V
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The Noorduyn Norseman, also known as the C-64 Norseman, is a Canadian single-engine bush plane designed to operate from unimproved surfaces. Distinctive stubby landing gear protrusions from the lower fuselage make it easily recognizable.

Introduced in 1935, the Norseman remained in production for almost 25 years with over 900 produced. A number of examples remain in commercial and private use to this day. Norseman aircraft are known to have been registered and/or operated in 68 countries and also have been based and flown in the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

The Noorduyn Norseman was designed by Robert Noorduyn in Montreal in the mid-1930s as a rugged transport plane, well suited to operations in the Canadian North. The prototype (CF-AYO), a floatplane, first flew from Pointe aux Trembles, Quebec on November 14, 1935. A high winged monoplane, powered by a Wright Whirlwind 420 hp engine, the aircraft had an all welded steel tubing fuselage covered with fabric. The wings were of all wood construction and were fabric covered as well. The Norseman was designed with a rugged landing gear that was equally at home on floats, skis or wheels.

The prototype proved somewhat underpowered. So, after further development, the definitive Norseman, the Mark IV, powered by a 550 hp Pratt & Whitney Wasp flew from Noorduyn's Cartierville, Quebec, factory in November 1936. Were it not for WWII, the production run would have lasted probably less than a hundred planes.

Until 1940, Noorduyn had sold only 17 Norseman aircraft, mainly to commercial operators in Northern Canada and to the RCMP. However, once the war started the Royal Canadian Air Force ordered 38 Norsemen as Wireless and Navigational trainers for the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. In July 1941, following the establishment of a successful transatlantic ferry route from Canada to the UK by the Royal Air Force, aviation pioneer Bernt Balchen was enlisted by the United States Army Air Force to evaluate another ferry route across Greenland. Balchen requested six Norsemen for the job. Impressed with their performance, the USAAF then issued the UC-64A specification for a rugged military light transport plane. After the US entry into the war, more than 800 Norsemen were produced for both the USAAF and the RCAF. During WWII, Noorduyn Norseman aircraft were flown in several theatres of war, including Alaska, Europe and Australia. Eventually, it served with the military in eight countries.

On Sept. 25, 2015, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum took delivery of the latest addition to their growing fleet of flying aircraft "“ Noorduyn Norseman Mk. V (CF-GSR). Obtained from Ernie and Donna Nicholl at Huron Air & Outfitters as a split donation/purchase in early 2014. CF-GSR had previously served several operators including Canadian Forest Products, Austin Airways, Slate Falls Airways, Silver Wings Air Service, Ilford-Riverton Airways and Bearskin Airlines Most of its life was spent on floats ut it was configured over to wheel landing gear before being ferried to Hamilton Airport. Although CF-GSR never saw service with the RCAF, in keeping with the Museum's mandate, the Norseman will be painted in a RCAF scheme at some point in the future. Wikipedia and Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum

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Norseman Mk. IV 2481

Put in Reserve Storage for the Western Air Command. Transferred to No. 13 Operational Training Unit of the Western Air Command on September 26, 1941. Operated by No. 122 (K) Squadron on west coast, from 1942. Category A accident near Anette Island, Alaska, on 26 March 1943.
1941-05-02 Taken on Strength 2019-08-20
1943-March-26 Accident: 115 Squadron Loc: 55 08' North 131 36' W Names: Curry | Dowling | Gloeckner | Kaiser | Mcmichael | Stapleford | Street
1943-06-10 Struck off Strength Struck off, reduced to spares 2019-08-20

115 Sqn- Squadron Beware

Both WW1 and WW2 exapnded the roles of women. Women also continued in traditional roles, those roles were more highly valued.

  1. These videos describe the exapnding role for women in both wars, as well as expand on the tradional roles in war time.

    YouTube Women at War World War 1 (York University 6:44)

    YouTube World War II Women (3:22)

  2. In 1941-1942 the Women's Division was official added to the RCAF. It was mostly a measure to free up man for combat. However many women had very distinguished service records.

    Museum RCAF Women's Division from Juno Beach Centre

    Wkikpedia RCAF Women's Division

    YouTube RCAF Women's Division in Britain (1:43)

    Museum Olive E. Creasor Collection

  3. Web Image
    Elsie MacGill, first women Aerospace Engineer, was also a comic book hero.
    Elsie MacGill, "Queen of the Hurricanes".

    YouTube Queen of the Hurricanes (1:00)

    YouTube Elsie MacGill, Queen of the Hurricanes (5:29)

    Canada Source Roberta Bondar on Elsie MacGill

    Canada Source Elsie MacGill Comic Book story from WW2

  4. Special Military Roles of Women in Canada

    YouTube Canadian Women Codebreakers (11:43)

    YouTube Canadian Women in Air Transport Auxiliary (3:33)

  5. Women Pilots in Canada

    Today woman pilots in Canada are too numerous to mention, but that has not always been the case. These are some of women who pioneered the change in women's roles in flying.

    General Canadian Woman Pilots Through the Years

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