75th Anniversary Run remembers Second World War tragedy on Mount Bolduc

ATV march in a line to the Mount Bolduc memorial site. (Doug Barth photo)
ATV march in a line to the Mount Bolduc memorial site. (Doug Barth photo)
A group of people gather at the site of the Second World War plane crash to pay their respects. (Doug Barth photo)
A photo of one of the lost airmen hangs on a tree at the crash site. (Doug Barth photo)
A plaque tells the story of the fatal flight. (Doug Barth photo)
Poppies hang in remembrance at the crash site. (Doug Barth photo)
Wreckage from the Second World War plane can see be seen on the forest floor at the site of the crash. (Doug Barth photo)

On Sunday, April 28, the Town of Lake Cowichan 75th Anniversary and Cowichan Valley ATV Club made a 75th Anniversary Memorial Run to Mount Bolduc to honour the memory of the six RCAF aircrew killed there on April 25, 1944.

Pastor David Stirling of the Legion Lake Cowichan Branch #210 performed a memorial service, and a wreath will be laid by Ross Forrest and Dave Thompson representing both organizations. Transport was provided by ATV through the members of Cowichan Valley ATV Club, who brought about 25 vehicles for the service.

During the Second World War, on April 25, 1944, a Lockheed Ventura Coastal Patrol Plane with a crew of six became disoriented on a flight from Patricia Bay to Tofino. The plane crashed on Mount Bolduc with no survivors. A Cairn located nearby marks the grave and records the names of the crew. The site is a designated War Memorial.

RELATED: Mount Bolduc bomber wreck a WWII Tragedy

In Memory:

FO Ambrose Moynagh, Souris, P.E.I

PO John E. Moyer, St. Catherines, Ont.

Sgt. Harry Maki, Sudbury, Ont.

WO1 Brinsley Palmer, Saskatoon, Sask.

WO2 Lawrence Kerr, Millet, Alta.

LAC Murray Robertson, Patricia Bay, B.C.

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