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Fun Fact: There was a WWII plane at the bottom of Lake of Muskoka for 74 years

November 4, 2019

 

 

 

 


 

Muskoka Post Staff


During World War II a crash into Lake Muskoka occurred involving a Northrop Nomad A-17A, which still contained the remains of British pilot, Peter Campbell, and Canadian pilot, Ted Bates. 


The Northrop Nomad A-17A was a two-seat, single-engine, monoplane, attack bomber built in 1935 by the Northrop Corporation for the U.S. Army. When in British Commonwealth service during World War II, the A-17 was called Nomad.


Campbell and Bates collided with another Nomad over southern Lake Muskoka and crashed into the lake's icy depths on December 13, 1940, while searching for another pilot that had gone missing in a snow storm the day before. The other plane they crashed into also plunged into the lake; however, it and its two dead crew members were brought to the surface in 1941. 


Campbell and Bates remained behind on the lake's 140 foot bottom. Their bodies were recovered in 2010, and their aircraft was recovered in October, 2014.
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