Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 4: The Second World War Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft, Barkley Grow T8P-1

Canadian Second World War Trainers, Transports and Utility Aircraft, 

Barkley Grow T8P-1

Data current to 3 March 2020.

 (RCAF Photo)

Barkley Grow T8P-1, RCAF (Serial No. 758), ca 1940. 

Barkley Grow T8P-1 (1), (Serial No. 758).  The one RCAF Barkley Grow T8P-1 aircraft was sold to Central Maritime Airways of Summerside, PEI, in 1941 as CF-BMV.  While flying near Greenland it had to force land on an ice flow on 23 Dec 1941. The aircraft broke through the ice and sank but the crew was rescued by local Inuit. 

            The low-wing, twin-engine Barkley Grow was an airliner designed in the USA before the Second World War to carry eight passengers and was used as a communication and transport aircraft.  The Grow was powered by a pair of Pratt & Whitney Wasp Junior SB engines.  No. 728 was the only one purchased by the RCAF in 1939, and it was used by No. 12 (Comm) Squadron.  The Grow had fixed landing gear, and was used successfully as a Bushplane in Canada, often mounted on skis or pontoons.  (Internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barkley-Grow_T8P-1)

            There are three survivors in Canada, with one in the ASMC, Calgary, Alberta, Barkley Grow T8P-1 (Serial No. 8), CF-BQM.  AAM, Edmonton, Alberta, Barkley Grow T8P-1, CF-BLV, Yukon Queen.  R-AM, Wetaskiwin, Barkley Grow T8P-1 (Serial No.1), CF-BVE, prototype of 11 built.

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3223865)

Barkley-Grow T8P-1, CF-BMV.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3223866)

Barkley-Grow T8P-1, CF-BMV. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3223867)

Barkley-Grow T8P-1, CF-BMV. 

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3388053)

Barkley Grow T8P-1, RCAF (Serial No. 758), Uplands, Ontario, 6 Dec 1939. 

 (Author Photo)

Barkley Grow T8P-1 (Serial No. 8), CF-BQM.  Calgary, Alberta.