1955

1955

New Brunswick

Active Airstrips: Boston Brook, Budworm City, Charlo, Horne’s Gulch, Nictau, Renous. Dunphy, Taxis, Juniper, Tabu were built after the spray season.

Aircraft
6 Cessna 170s
40 Stearman, although the FPL report mentions 80 aircraft sprayed in both New Brunswick and Quebec. No details.

It took twenty days, from June 6 to 26, to complete the New Brunswick portion of he project. “Because the season started earlier there, it was possible to deploy almost he entire fleet from the six operational airstrips before shifting part of it to Quebec.”

Central Stearmans at Green River NB, 1955
Unidentified Central Stearmans at Green River Research Area, NB, 1955. [FPL Files]

Quebec

DDT on 1,040,000 acres via 40 Stearman [Webb et al. 1961; Blais et al. in Prebble 1975] Airstrips used were Cap Chat, Laverendrye, Nouvelle and Farm Lake (Webb et al. 1961). Spraying wound up for the year on June 29.

Crash Images

Accidents: One Stearman crashed into the bush out of Budworm City, with no injury to the pilot [probably N9719H below]. “Less fortunate was pilot Sam LeFever of Lancaster, Ohio, who ended up in hospital with a fractured shoulder when his plane [N4787B], crash-landed in a heavily wooded area near Horne’s Gulch airstrip.” This location, pictured below, according to the Department of Transport accident card, was actually 40 km northwest of Kedgwick, NB.

Stearman wreckage
Wreckage of Stearman #52. Still unidentified. [FPL Files]
Stearman #53, N9718H, wreckage
Wreckage of Hammer Crop Dusters Stearman #53, N9719H, 15 June 1955, 4.5 km northwest of Budworm City Airstrip. The Department of Transport accident card lists this as N9717H in error. [FPL Files]
Stearman #59 N56940 wreckage
Wreckage of Hammer Crop Dusters Stearman #59, N56940, 2 June 1955, 275 m north of Nictau airstrip. [FPL Files]
Agriculture Aviation Service Stearman #99, N4787B, wreckage, possibly at Nictau airstrip, NB, 1955.