George Balfour Nicol Ramsay J7200

February 4, 1914 - December 2, 1944

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Clerk and meter reader for the electric company in Oakville, Ontario became a navigator. Serving overseas then returned to Canada, posted at No. 3 O.T.U., Patricia Bay, BC. Becoming a navigation instructor, he was aboard Canso 11086 on a night navigation exercise. The plane with nine aboard was found in July 1945. His wife flew to BC to continue the search, making the newspapers in February and March 1945, after having a dream he was still alive, spending her savings of $3,500.

George’s wife, Marjorie, according to a newspaper article, in February 1945 dreamed of a “Kent” or “Kent Island,” writing to Vancouver newspapers for information, finding an island, inlet and point off the coast of BC. “Determined to carry on the search for her husband, Mrs. Ramsay traveled to Vancouver with her $3,500 savings. Although Western Air Command officials told her a thorough search had been made, Mrs. Ramsay gave up only after she wa taken by RCAF plane over the area where her husband’s plane disappeared. But she has never given up hope that her husband may still be alive.” The plane was discovered near Kennedy Lake -- the first three letters matching Marjorie’s dream. On her way to Vancouver, the TCA airliner she was aboard made a belly landing at Kenyon Field, Lethbridge. She was treated for shock. Please see articles for more information. For more information, please click on the link below, courtesy of BCAM. Full Court of Inquiry on microfiche T-12355, starting at image 862.


CREW: *Sgt. Robert William Davidson, R268109, Flight Engineer *F/O Louis Oswald Day, J43966, 2nd Pilot *P/O John Ambrose Mahoney, J28161, Wireless Operator *F/O Robert Leslie Nash, J27069, Captain, Pilot *Sgt. Joseph Roger Marcel Patenaude, R253849, Wireless Air Gunner *P/O Frank Ferrier Porter, J48269, Flight Engineer *F/L George Balfour Nicol Ramsay, J7200, Navigation Instructor (screening Staples) *P/O Alonzo Irvine Staples, J45415, Navigator *Sgt. Joseph Romeo Antoine Trudel, R211246, Wireless Air Gunner

Three of the occupants were French speaking and had chosen to be together: Trudel, Mahoney and Patenaude.

Sole survivor. Pigeon #32, RCAF, 1064, returning to its loft at Patricia Bay, issued to F/O Nash. Its box was located, and it was discovered that the box had been sprung in “such a manner as to undo the catch thus enabling the pigeon to get free by exerting a little pressure on the door. The pigeon log was also found and no pages were missing and none contained any messages.”

On July 1, 1945, the wreckage was found 30 miles east of Tofino on the SE slope of a mountain at about 3,000 feet. The investigation officer visited the scene on July 10, 1945. Trees were sheared off by the aircraft heading in a northwesterly direction at the moment of impact. A watch was found which had stopped at 8:27 pm. The fuselage was intact from the main undercarriage aft; the forward fuselage had burned back to the gear. Investigation felt that the pilot failed to reach a safe height while flying in bad weather in a mountainous area, off the mouth of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. They flew inland in the Ucluelet/Tofino area and disappeared off the radar plot. The bodies of the men were buried on site in a mass grave as the location was almost inaccessible. On August 24, 1985, a new cairn was built at the site with a memorial plaque and a formal dedication service was given for the lost airman.