Mystery photos: Noorduyn bush plane wrecks

I went through two shoeboxes full of old photographs with my mother this afternoon. Most of them were either of her events or trips, a few that my father took during his university days, and then there were the totally mysterious ones.

These four small black and white snaps (2″x3″) appear to be of wrecks of bush planes. The only notation is “Harvard” on two, and “Norseman” on the other two. From some cursory online research, it would appear that these planes were produced by Noorduyn Aircraft Company who produced the Norseman before World War 2. During the War, they produced Harvard trainers for the RCAF. If anyone can provide me with information on where these wrecks might have been. or why someone in my family was photographing them, I’d love to hear about it. I’m going to shoot off a query to the Noorduyn Norseman History site as well.

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1 thought on “Mystery photos: Noorduyn bush plane wrecks

  1. Hiya Janet! When sending this message the first time the internet broke down ;-( I try again. I noticed your request for background information on the crashed Harvard. Supposedly you have all the answers already. But sitting in an airport lounge at CDG I checked a few listings and quite easily gathered the following information. The aircraft was built by Noorduyn during WW2 and delivered to the RCAF Royal Canadian Air Force, where it served as a trainer. The RCAF named the aircraft Harvard Mk. II (F series). The serial number is partially visible. It reads FE515, which indicates this particular airframe was delivered to RCAF by Oct 13, 1942. After a crash landing that occurred August 5, 1945, the aircraft was removed from active duty September 11, 1945. You may want to check the first picture. To the left hand you may notice a sort of curtain. This was used as a hood to cover up the back seater, preferably the student pilot´s position. The student then had to fly under instrument conditions, while the instructor sat up front in bright daylight and checked whether his pal did a sufficient job. Especially navigation at night and keeping the bird stable had to be trained thoroughly.
    Lets see what we have on a UC-64 A or B Norseman that was eaten up by flames after a bounce somewhere in the bush now!
    Kind regards, Christian

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