Liberator “Harry” crash remembered 75 years later

A man raises a Canadian flag while another man, standing beside a granite memorial cairn, watches.
Mr. Dominique Boulais, commemorations and external relations manager with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission—Canadian Agency, raises the Canadian flag on September 30, 2018, at the Saint-Donat Muncipal Cemetery as Mr. André Gaudet, president of the “Guardians of Liberator Harry”, looks on during the ceremony held September 30, 2018 to commemorate the crash of Liberator “Harry” 75 years ago. PHOTO: André Bazergui

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The worst accident in Canadian military aviation history took place on October 20, 1943, when a Consolidated B-24 Liberator aircraft crashed on a flight between Gander, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Mont-Joli, Québec. Twenty-four Royal Canadian Air Force personnel perished.

On Sunday, September 30, 2018, the Saint-Donat Municipal Cemetery in Saint-Donat, Quebec, hosted a commemorative ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the crash and remembering the 24 victims.

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