Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   
Canadian Warplanes (7) New Brunswick

Warplanes in New Brunswick

The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document every historical Warplane preserved in Canada.  Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website.  Photos are by the author unless otherwise credited.  Any errors found here are by the author.  French Translation of the technical data presented here would be appreciated.  Corrections, amendments and suggested changes may be emailed to the author at

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Data current to 10 Sep 2019.

Boiestown, Woodsmen Museum (BWM)

General Motors (Grumman) TBM-3 Avenger (Serial No. 85733), C-GLEK, Forest Protection Ltd, Aircraft No. 14.  (Author Artwork & Photo)

Note: All Avengers operated by Forest Protection Limited (FPL), Fredericton Airport, 2502 Lincoln Road, have been sold.


Avro Lancaster Mk. X AR (Serial No. KB882), Goose Bay, Labrador, ca 1960.  (RCAF Photo)

Avro Lancaster Mk. X AR (Serial No. KB882).  (Author Photos)

Built in 1945 and delivered to No. 428 Squadron RCAF in March 1945 and flown to England.  It was painted with the call sign NA-R.  While in England before the war ended, it is documented as having flown on six operations over Germany (another source states KB882 flew eleven missions).  KN882 was flown back to Canada in June 1945 and was in storage until 1952.  It was modified to Mk. 10P configuration and equipped with state of the art SHORAN radar navigation equipment in 1952.  It then flew with No, 408 Squadron RCAF on surveillance and mapping operations over Northern Canada until 1964, when it was flown to Edmundston and placed on display.  KB882 was still in its RCAF aerial mapping configuration when it headed for CFB Trenton.  It is now on site at the National Museum of the RCAF at CFB Trenton for restoration and display.

 (Chris Colton Photos, 5 Oct 2017)

The Bomber Command Museum has provided a more detailed record:

KB882 was built by Victory Aircraft in Dec 1944 and flown to England on 24 Feb 1945.  KB882 was issued to No. 32 (MU) and then assigned to No. 431(B) Squadron (no code).  It then went to No. 428(B) Squadron, coded NA-R (the second Lancaster to have that code).  KB882 flew on 19 Operations, and logged the following flying time overseas: 

15 Mar 1945 - Hagen - Night(N) - 7 hrs, 5 min.  4 Apr 1945 - Merseberg - (N) - 9 hrs, 20 min.  8 Apr 1945 - Hamburg - (N) - 6 hrs, 5 min.  9 Apr 1945 - Upper Hayford/Base - 55 min.  10 Apr 1945 - Leipzig - Day (D) - 8 hrs, 30 min.  13 Apr 1945 - Kiel - (N) - 6 hrs, 5 min.  14 April 1945 - Church Broughton/Base - 40 min.  25 Apr 1945 - Wangerooge - (D) - 4 hrs, 50 min.  6 May 1945 - Cross country - (N) - 5 hrs, 15 min.  14 May 1945 - Cross country - (D) - 3 hrs, 45 min.  24 May 1945 - Cross country - (D) - 4 hrs, 40 min.  29 May 1945 - Cross country - (N) - 4 hrs, 35 min.  1 Jun 1945 - Middleton Ste.George to St. Mawgans - 2 hrs, 5 min.  6 Jun 1945 - St. Mawgans to Lagens, Azores - 8 hrs, 42 min.  9 Jun 1945 - Lagens to Gander, Newfoundland - 8 hrs 46 min.  10 Jun 1945 - Gander to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia - 3 hrs 17 minè

KB882 returned to Canada with No. 428 Squadron, coded NA-R, ''Rabbit Stew".  KB882 was one of the few aircraft with nose art and had been flown on 19 Operations.  The crew that flew her back to Canada included (P) F/L A.L.Ross DFC, DFM, (N) F/O K.R.Fee DFC, (W/O) F/L. Aicken, (B/A) F/O E.K.Bergy,(F/E) F/O R. Loveday, (AG) F/O Dan Ferguson, (AG) F/O Bill Watson.  KB882 then went into long term storage in Alberta.  In Oct 1952 she was brought out of storage, designated as a Mk. 10MR and flown to Comox, British Columbia.  KB882 was ferried to A.V. Roe (Canada) for a major overhaul and was modified to the Mk. 10P (Photographic) configuration.  The most noticeable alteration was the addition of a 40-inch extension to the nose section. KB882 was the second aircraft to be converted to Mk. 10P.  She was issued to No. 408(P) Squadron, coded MN882, at RCAF Station Rockcliffe, Ontario, as part of Air Transport Command.  The lengthened nose accommodated an AN/APS-42 navigation/weather radar, and there was an canister containing the UPD-501 passive intercept radar in the rear fuselage, and an extensive array of antennas for the radio.  KB882's bomb bay was fitted with two long-range fuel tanks and a pannier for baggage and spares.  Lancasters are credited with photographing the vast majority of the Canadian high Arctic in the late 1940's and 1950's.  After a long and distinguished service career with the RCAF, Lancaster KB882 was honorably retired at Dunnville, Ontario. She was officially struck off strength (SOC) on 26 May 1964.  On 1 May 1964, the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation accepted a monetary offer from the City of Edmundston, New Brunswick, for the purchase of the aircraft.  Shortly afterwards it was flown from DND No. 6 Repair Depot, Trenton, Ontario to Fredericton, NB, where it waited for the Edmundston site to be completed.  On 14 July 1964, Captain Joseph (Pepi) DiGiacinto, pilot; Flight Sgt Derek Miller, co-pilot; Gerry Flemming, radio operator; Captain Keith Wyatt, navigator and flight Engineer, Jim Cochrane brought KB882 in on her final flight.  The crew touched down at the Edmundston Municipal Airport where she was mounted on a hardstand at St Jacques Airport in its last operational colours, (for a short while had been painted in wartime camouflage coded NA-R "Rabbit Stew".

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 17440), with two AIM-4D missiles under the fuselage, ca 1960s.  (RCAF Photo)


 (Author Photo)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101028), ex-USAF (Serial No. 57-00346).

CFB Chatham (now closed)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5, RCAF (Serial No. 23355), Golden Hawk.  (RCAF Photo via Jean-Yves Duplessis)

 (Alain Rioux Photo)

Once upon a time we had Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23355) in Golden Hawks colours mounted on a pylon down the street from where I lived.  The base closed, and the aircraft is now on display inside the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum near the Halifax Airport.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre, one of the Golden Hawks flying out of CFB Chatham in the 1960s.  (Author Artwork)

Mirimichi City

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101053), ex-USAF (Serial No. 57-0418).  On the grounds of former CFB Chatham.

McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo, Genie Missile, CFB Chatham, NB. (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 4014845)


Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5, (Serial No. 18551).   (RCAF Photo)

 (Author Photos)

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18488), mounted on a pylon in Centennial Park, on Highway 2, at the West end of the city.

Oromocto, 5 Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown, New Brunswick Military History Museum

Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18767).  (RCAF Photos)


Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18773), in service from 1958 or 1959, renumbered (Serial No. 100773).  This aircraft served with No. 416 and No. 425 Squadrons out of Bagotville, Quebec.  It was taken on strength by the Canadian Armed Forces on 1 Feb 1968 as Instructional Airframe as (Serial No. 814B).   It went into storage at CFD Mountainview, Ontario in 1980, still carrying its RCAF serial number.  It had 966 hours airframe time when stored on 12 Feb 1990.  It was preserved at CFB Trenton, Ontario, until coming to 5 CDSB Gagetown in 2011.

A New Brunswick connection - 410 (City of Saint John) Squadron was the first squadron to fly both the CF-100 and the CF-101, although it is unlikely that they included these specific aircraft.

Bell CH-136 Kiowa Helicopter (Serial No. 136216), mounted on a pylon, 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron, 1 Wing, 1 Canadian Air Division. 5 Canadian Division Support Group Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Bell CH-146 Griffon helicopter currently in service with 403 Helicopter Operational Training Squadron, 1 Wing, 1 Canadian Air Division. 5 Canadian Division Support Group Base Gagetown, New Brunswick.

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (Serial No. 23273), No. 1 OTU, CFB Chatham, New Brunswick, ca 1960s.  (RCAF Photo)

Canadair CL-13 Sabre Mk. 5 (F-86E), (Serial No. 23292), wreckage, vertical fin and landing gear.  Recovered from a 1 Aug 1956 crash site found at 5 CDSGB Gagetown.  The “Sword” was piloted by Flight Leader (F/L) Ian Gordon-Johnson, a Royal Air Force Exchange Officer flying out of an Officer Training Unit (OTU) based at RCAF Station Chatham, New Brunswick.  F/L Gordon-Johnson was killed when his Sabre fighter-jet hit a tree early in the morning while low-flying on Exercise Morning Star over the base on 1 August 1956.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101046) in flight.

 (DND Photo via James Craik)

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101046) in flight.

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101046), ex-USAF F-101B-95-MC (Serial No. 57-0384).  This aircraft flew with No. 416 Squadron from 1975 to 1982.  On May 1983 it became Instructional Airframe 817B.  It was struck off strength on 12 Feb 1990 and went on display at the Air Cadet Training Centre at CFB Trenton, Ontario, before coming to 5 CDSB Gagetown in 2011. 

McDonnell CF-101B Voodoo (Serial No. 101042), target on artillery range.

Saint John, New Brunswick Museum (NBM), 277 Douglas Ave, Market Square.

Dr. Wallace Rupert Turnbull Exhibit.

This aviation handbook is designed to be used as a quick reference to the classic military heritage aircraft that have been flown by members of the Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Army and the Canadian Forces. The interested reader will find useful information and a few technical details on most of the military aircraft that have been in service with active Canadian squadrons both at home and overseas. 100 selected photographs have been included to illustrate a few of the major examples in addition to the serial numbers assigned to Canadian service aircraft. For those who like to actually see the aircraft concerned, aviation museum locations, addresses and contact phone numbers have been included, along with a list of aircraft held in each museum's current inventory or on display as gate guardians throughout Canada and overseas. The aircraft presented in this edition are listed alphabetically by manufacturer, number and type. Although many of Canada's heritage warplanes have completely disappeared, a few have been carefully collected, restored and preserved, and some have even been restored to flying condition. This guide-book should help you to find and view Canada's Warplane survivors.

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