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c/n 423

CF-XIL in the SRS hangar, at Shannon - EINN, Ireland.
Photo: Unknown photographer © May 1968 - Karl E. Hayes Collection
CF-XIL at Prestwick - EGPK, Scotland.
Photo: Ken Marshall © 05 May 1968 - Aird Archives

c/n 423

61-423

CF-XIL

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• 61-423 Royal Norwegian Air Force. Delivered 17-Nov-1961.

Initially assigned to Gardermoen Air Base, Oslo.

22-Feb-1962. Assigned to 7193 Stotteving (7193 Support Flight), code 0-AK at Bodø Air Base in northern Norway.

13-Mar-1962. Deployed to USAF base Wiesbaden, Germany.

12-Jun-1962. Returned to unit at Bodø.

01-Jan-1966 assigned to newly formed 719 Squadron at Bodø. Coded XJ-X on 18-Apr-1966.

11Jan-1968  Passed to Vaernes Air Base, Trondheim where it was struck off charge.

Total time: 1,794 hrs.

• CF-XIL Thomas Lamb, The Pas, MB. Regd Apr-1968.

• CF-XIL Re titled Lambair from Dec1968.

• CF-XIL A. Fecteau Transport Aérien Ltée, Senneterre, QC. Regd 16-Feb-1972.

Accident: Nr the Romaine River, QC 01-Sep-1975.The aircraft was en route from Lac Cormier to Lac Francine, near Havre St. Pierre, QC. It crashed into a hill near the Romaine River due to engine failure. The pilot received serious injuries. A crewman and two passengers were killed. The Otter was destroyed.

Destroyed

Otter 423 was delivered to the Royal Norwegian Air Force on 17th November 1961 with serial 61- 423, taken from its year of delivery and manufacturer's serial number. It was crated and shipped to Norway, arriving in Oslo on 11th December. It was taken to Fornebu Airport, Oslo where it was re- assembled by Widerøes Flyverksted, and then accepted by the Air Force and assigned to Gardermoen Air Base, Oslo. On 22nd February 1962 it was assigned to 7193 Stotteving (7193 Support Flight), code 0-AK at Bodø Air Base in northern Norway. On 13th March 1962 it left Bodø for an unusual deployment to the USAF base at Wiesbaden, Germany where it undertook night flights, leaving Wiesbaden on 12th June 1962 to return to Bodø. In January 1964 it returned to the Widerøes maintenance facility at Fornebu for overhaul, after which it returned to Bodø. It again visited Fornebu during November/December 1965 before again resuming duty at Bodø.

On 1st January 1966, 719 Squadron was officially established at Bodo, taking over from the Support Flight. On 18th April 1966 the Otter made its first flight with its new code of XJ-X. It continued to fly for 719 Squadron at Bodø until 11th January 1968 when it arrived at Vaernes Air Base, in company with XJ-T (53-29) and was struck off charge. It had flown 1,794 hours in the service of the Royal Norwegian Air Force. It was entrusted to Halle & Peterson, Oslo, the DHC representatives in Norway for disposal. They arranged for the sale of three of the former Royal Norwegian Air Force Otters to Thomas Lamb Airways Ltd., of The Pas, Manitoba in April 1968, number 29 which was allocated marks CF-XJM, number 423 which became CF-XIL and number 441 which became CF-CDL. The purchase price was $30,000 a piece, and at the time of sale all three Otters were located at Vaernes Air Base, Trondheim on amphibious floats.

Thomas Lamb Airways (later Lambair) were responsible for returning many Otters back to Canada from foreign parts, and arranged for ferry pilots to fly the three Otters back to Canada. A ferry permit was issued for the delivery flight from Vaernes Air Base to The Pas. The three Otters set off in formation, flying first to Rotterdam in Holland (also noted at Soesterberg Air Base nearby on 22nd April), then to Manchester, England and on to Shannon in Ireland, where they arrived on 25th April 1968. At Shannon, ferry tanks were installed in the Shannon Repair Services hangar for the ocean crossing. The three-Otter formation departed Shannon on 4th May for Prestwick, Scotland and on to Stornoway before setting off across the Atlantic via Iceland and Greenland to Goose Bay. The flight was reported as uneventful (if crossing 2,500 miles of North Atlantic at 100 mph in an ageing single- engined aircraft can be considered uneventful) and the three Otters arrived safely at The Pas, where they were overhauled and made ready for service.

Otter 423 entered service with Thomas Lamb Airways (Lambair from December 1968), until sold to A.Fecteau Transport Aérien Ltée of Senneterre, Québec on 16th February 1972. It flew for its new owner, serving the Québec bush country, until destroyed in a crash on 1st September 1975.The Otter was en route from Lac Cormier to Lac Francine, near Havre St.Pierre, Québec. It crashed into a hill near the Romaine River due to engine failure. The pilot received serious injuries. A crewman and two passengers were killed. The Otter was destroyed.

Full history up to 2005 courtesy of Karl E Hayes © from DHC-3 Otter - A History (CD-ROM 2005)