15 Sept. 1946

2nd worst Air Crash in Canadian history to date.

Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)


The Dakota was engaged in ferrying airmen from Fargo, ND (FAR) to Estevan, SK. The airmen had ferried Fairchild PT-19 Cornell planes to Fargo and were returning for another series of ferry flights. As the Dakota approached Estevan, eyewitnesses saw the plane go around. The undercarriage was raised and the airplane climbed sharply. It stalled, crashed and burned.
Investigation revealed that a control lock on the starboard elevator had not been removed before the flight.


Photo of DC-3 courtesy of the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum website.


Photos and newspaper articles

Together Forever in the Clouds

If you want to learn more about the accident and the airmen involved, Marie Calder wrote a book on the lives of the Airman that were killed. 

You can email your orders to her at: mdcalder@sasktel.net and she will get the books off to you. She accepts Interac etransfer to the same email address or she will accept cheques or money orders mailed to her. You can also purchase books as they are available at Henders Drugs and A&A Jewellers in Estevan, SK and Carnduff Agencies in Carnduff, SK. The Saskatoon Aviation Museum in Saskatoon, SK also has copies available.

You can also check out her website at the link below.