• 55-3287 United States Army. Delivered 03-Jul-1956.Designated U-1A
Entries preceded by date are notes compiled by Karl Hayes from US Army sources.
Assigned to 2nd Aviation Company, Fort Riley, KS.
Jun/Jul to Brookley AFB, Mobile, AL. Here the aircraft was loaded on board a ship serving with the Military Sea Transportation Service, which set sail for Bremerhaven, Germany arriving on 26-Jul-1957.
Jul-1957. 2nd Aviation Company based at Illesheim, Germany until Jul-1959 when the unit moved to France. The Company headquarters of the 2nd Aviation Company and one platoon were based at Orléans a second platoon at Verdun and a third platoon at Poitiers. During its time in France the aircraft was either based at or visited all three locations for different levels of maintenance.
Note: Ian Macdonald mentions that “amongst the paperwork for this aircraft, held at the Canadian Department of Transport archives, is a partial summary of maintenance events extracted from US Army records. These allow some extra snapshots of its whereabouts and time on the airframe on certain dates”. Notes are as written on file.
26-Jul-1957 (Entered by 3rd Aviation Company (FWIT) APO 177); aircraft processed in accordance with T.O. OO-80AA-1 and contract number DA-91-564-EUC-336 (IRAN). Aircraft time 559:40
17-Apr-1962 (Entered by SABCA/Gosselies/Belgium); aircraft arrived at SABCA to comply with IROAN in accordance with T.O. OO-25-4 and Contract number DA-91-564-EUC-1021. Aircraft time 2158:00
12SEP-1962 (Entered by SABCA / Gosselies / Belgium); aircraft reconditioned in accordance with T.O. OO-25-4 and contract DA-91-564-EUC-1021. Aircraft time 2,160:15
Oct-1962. Assigned to 207th Aviation Company, Heidelberg, Germany.
Jan-1964. Transferred to the 394th Transportation Battalion, Germany.
Jul-1964. Assigned to the Headquarters Company, 3rd Support Command, Germany
20-May-1965 (Entered by 17th Signal Battalion, APO 09164) [work on engine mount assembly] Aircraft time 2,820:15
Feb-1966. Re-joined the 394th Transportation Battalion, Germany.
28-Jun-1966 (Entered by 17th Signal Battalion, APO 09164) [work on elevator control rod].
06-Oct-1966 (still with 17th Sig Battalion).
Note: Other source quotes 17th Sig Batt. was “inactivated” 25-Sep-1965.
20-Feb-1968 (Entered by SCCE Aviation Company) [work on wiring].
01-Jun-1968 (still with SCCE Avn Co).
13-Aug-1968 (still with A (or S) CCE Avn Co).
28-Jan-1969 (still with SCCE Avn Co).
Note: Acronym SCCE unknown.
Sep-1969. Coleman Barracks Depot, Mannheim, Germany.
Oct-1969. Assigned to the 56th Aviation Detachment, also based at Coleman Barracks, Mannheim, Germany.
23-Jan-1970 (Entered by US AAMAC, APO 09028); aircraft painted IAWTB 746-93-2
20-Jul-1970 AIRAN completed by 582nd Transport Company (DS). Aircraft time 3,925:00
Aug-1971. Withdrawn from use and put into open storage at Coleman Barracks. It was deleted from the Army inventory in October 1971 and put up for disposal.
Total time: 4,468 hours at 16-Feb-1971.
• N80938. Ferrer Aviation Inc of Miami, FL. Regd 02-Feb-1972. Canx 24-Mar-1972
The entries below, preceded by dates, are extracts from the Canadian Department of Transport archives .
22-Mar-1972 Bill of Sale; Ferrer Aviation to St-Louis Aviation Inc., St-Jean QC.
23-Mar-1972 Allotment of CF-AOO to DHC-3 msn 137 for La Sarre Air Services Ltd., La Sarre, QC.
No date Purchased in Germany by Ferrer Aviation and ferried to St-Jean, QC, 42 hours ferry time.
24-Mar-1972 DHC-3 msn 137, N80938, cancelled from USCAR.
• CF-AOO St. Louis Aviation Inc, Hangar 2, St. Jean Airport, St Jean, QC. Purchased 22-Mar-1972
07-Apr-1972 Bill of Sale; St-Louis Aviation Inc to La Sarre Air Services Ltd., Las Sarre, QC.
07-Apr-1972 Application for Certificate of Registration by La Sarre Air Services Ltd.
11-Apr-1972 Test flown for Certificate of Airworthiness.
16-May-1972 Certificate of Registration issued to La Sarre Air Services Ltd., La Sarre, QC.
• CF-AOO La Sarre Air Services Ltd, La Sarre, QC. Regd 16-May-1972.
Certificate of Airworthiness: 11-Apr-1972.
Accident: Lake Atilla, Fort George, QC. 50.30N/77.38W 12-Jul-1974. En route to Lake Brisay, supporting construction of the LG-2 hydro plant the aircraft failed to maintain altitude after take-off, crashed into a wooded area and was destroyed by fire., The pilot, George Caron and crewman Normand Cote seriously injured; two passengers received minor injuries They were rescued by a helicopter from the nearby construction camp. A Canadair CL-215 fire bomber was called in to put out the fire started by the Otter crash. As the accident report summarised: “Aircraft not properly loaded; collided with trees on take-off; aircraft destroyed”.
Total time since new as recorded in the Canadian Department of Transport archives.
04-Apr-1973 - 5,103 hours.
20-May-1974 - 5,404 hours.
• CF-AOO Cancelled from Canadian Civil Aircraft Register, 02-May-1975