CF-JRO at Tyee Spit during low tide.
Photo: John Caswell © 17 May 2014
CF-JRO at Campbell River, British Columbia.
Photo: Pete Killin © 16 May 2014
CF-JRO on Tyee Spit at Campbell River.
Photos: Dirk Septer © 19 October 2013
CF-JRO one year on.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 03 August 2006
CF-JRO reflecting.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 20 August 2005
CF-JRO in early morning.
Photo: Fred Wallis © 02 April 2004
CF-JRO at Schwatka Lake, Whitehorse.
Photo: Paul Kip © August 2004
CF-JRO at Whitehorse, Yukon.
Photos: Hugh Mullen © 26 May 2004
CF-JRO at Whitehorse, Yukon.
Photo: Marco Kosterman ©18 June 2001 - Aird Archives
CF-JRO somewhere under the rainbow.
Photo: Unknown photographer © Dirk Septer Collection
CF-JRO on the grass at Victoria meet.
Photo: Neil Aird © 30 October 1997
CF-JRO on the step at Schwatka Lake, Whitehorse, YT.
Photo: Bob Cameron © 1995
CF-JRO sporting wheels.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 13 May 1992 - Ruben Husberg Collection
CF-JRO on ski gear, twenty years earlier.
Photo: John Kimberley  © March 1977 - Kenneth I. Swartz Collection
56-0387 visiting a base near Rome, Italy.
Photo: Unknown photographer © 1970 - Erik Frikke Collection
56-0387 at Heidelberg.
Photo: Johan D. Ragay © 18 May 1968
Photo: Eric Roscoe © 30 May 1966 - Aird Archives
Photo: Peter Keating © 28 July 1965 - Aird Archives - via aflyinghistory.com
404 "Wood-pecker" during UN Congo operations.
Photo: Unknown photographer © - via Per Einar Janson
404 off duty.
Photo: Börje Lindström © 1962 - Leif Hellström Collection
404 gets her name!
Photo: Han Backner © 1961 - Leif Hellström Collection
15 at Leopoldville, Congo with some C-119G transports.
Photo: Torleif Åkesson © July 1961 - Leif Hellström Collection
56-0387 soon to serve in Congo.
Photo: Terence Spencer © July 1960 - Leif Hellström Collection


56-0387 • 304 • 15 • 404 • 56-0387



56-0387 US Army # 1693. L-20 No. 694. Command A-11. Delivered 22-Jun-1957. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Note: Seen with shortened serial on tail as 6387 at Gatwick, United Kingdom,  in Jul-1960.

304 United Nations Air Wing, Belgian Congo. Other details unknown.

15 United Nations Air Wing, Belgian Congo. Other details unknown.

404 United Nations Air Wing No. 3 Squadron, Belgian Congo. Named “Woodpecker". wfu Feb-1962. Canx 01-Apr-1962.

Note: Activity between Apr-1962 and Feb-1973 unknown.

56-0387 For sale @ Coleman Barracks, Mannheim-Sandhofen, Germany, Feb-1973.

tt 4,387.0 hours.

No regn Purchased by B & M Aviation, (Laurentian Air Services), Lachute, QC. 01-Apr-1973.

Note: 13-Jul-1973 Bill of Sale; Laurentian Air Services to Alliance Aviation Ltd., for DHC-2s c/n’s 616,705,892 & 1108.

CF-JRO Alliance Aviation Ltd., Ottawa, ON. Regd 23-Jul-1973.

Note: Alliance Aviation Ltd., was a company owned by B & M to service engines etc.

CF-JRO Ranger Oil (Canada) Ltd., Calgary, AB. Regd 17-Dec-1973. Re-regd 02-Jan-1991. Canx 31-Jan-1992.

CF-JRO Kluane Airways Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 02-Jul-1992.

CF-JRO Tincup Enterprises Ltd., Whitehorse, YT, 30-Jul-1992.

CF-JRO Tincup Enterprises Ltd., (Ranger Air Charter), Whitehorse, YT. Regd 04-Jun-1993.

CF-JRO Territorial Contracting Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 27-Jan-1995. Canx 05-Apr-1995

CF-JRO Border City Aviation Ltd., Lloydminster, AB. Regd 05-Apr-1995.

CF-JRO Tincup Enterprises Ltd., (Ranger Air Charter), Whitehorse, YT. Regd 05-Apr-1995 and 18-Feb-2004, 17-Dec-2009. Canx 23-Jun-2010.

Note. Baron STOL conversion.

Note: Attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration at Victoria, BC., 17 to 19-Oct-1997.

Accident: Rispin Lake, YT, 23-Aug-2001 The float-equipped de Havilland Beaver was attempting to takeoff from the water surface of Rispin Lake when they ran out of room and ran aground on the departure shoreline. The aircraft reportedly sustained major damage and as many as five passengers were evacuated. The winds were described as light at take off, with near glassy water conditions with the temperature at approximately 5 C. The aircraft became airborne for a short distance and settled back onto the water. The pilot aborted the takeoff, and the aircraft subsequently ran aground on the shore flipping over onto its back causing substantial damage. There were no injuries. CADORS report 2001C1069

(See copy of letter below from Kyle Cameron).

CF-JRO Territorial Contracting Ltd., Whitehorse, YT. Regd 23-Sep-2013.



Kyle wrote:

So I've got this new CAT(erpillar) phone. It has an IR camera built into it. I got it primarily as a tool for engine and wiring diagnostics and to find the leaks in the walls of our sub-arctic log of house but this makes for a pretty cool shot. This is a customer's -2 after a post-annual inspection test flight; CF-JRO, S/N 1108. Great to see it's popping on all 9.

Photo: Kyle G. Cameron © 01 December 2020
CF-JRO Rispin Lake, Yukon - August 2001
Photos: Ron Newsome © August 2001

Subject: CF-JRO


Here are some pictures of CF-JRO. The wreck is at Rispin Lake, Yukon in August of 2001. The pictures were taken shortly after. Pilot attempted t/o with full load on, high lake, warm gusty day. T/O direction was dictated by terrain. Winds not favorable. A/C got airborne but settled back on the water again when wind gust blew up from behind. Pilot elected to abort. Ran up the bank at the end of the lake and flipped over. Pilot, 2 pax and one dog got out uninjured with the exception of the pilot's hand, still on the steam lever which went through the windshield.

I got involved in September of that year as labour in the salvage operation. We were all ready to go out in Black Sheep Aviation's (then piston) Otter, C-GMCW when the 9-11 attacks grounded us. It was loaded and everything when the call came through that we were grounded!!

We ended up driving to Finlayson Lake. Beaver C-FMPS took us to McEvoy Lake and we departed Inconnu Lodge with C-GFTZ, a standard Otter on about the 20th of the month. (the two days 'waiting for weather' at the lodge were enjoyed by all)

JRO was disassembled in situ, strapped together and slung 40 miles to the the South Canol Road by Fireweed Helicopter's C-GFWI Bell 204.

We hitched a ride home to Whitehorse from Ross River in C-GMCW when we were done.

My camera had quit shortly after leaving Whitehorse. I'm still choked about that to this day.

The Crash Photos are by Ron Newsome, JRO's owner, a good friend of mine. He went out to the scene the next day with his C-180 C-GAZE to survey the damage.

Kyle Cameron