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AVENGER/Bu. 85870

Grumman Avenger Bu. 85870 WRG# 0015881

Bureau #: 85870
Construction #:
  2689
Civil Registration(s):
  CF-IMJ
  Model(s):
- TBM-3S Avenger
- Avenger AS Mk. 3 Avenger
Name: None
Status: Crashed
Last info: 1958

History:
Delivered to US Navy as Bu. 85870, 19??.
Delivered to Royal Canadian Navy as 85870.
- BOC: October 19, 1950.
- SOC: January 17, 1958.
Skyway Air Services, Langley BC, 1958.
- Registered as CF-IMJ.
- Flew as #601.
- Converted to tanker, Victoria, BC, 1958.
- Flew in NB in 1958 as part of a fleet of 6 Wheeler and 6 Skyway TBMs.
- Crashed 21 km (13 mi) east of Hartland, 12 June 1958, while spraying out of Juniper Airstrip.
   The pilot had failed to maintain sufficient speed during a turn. The aircraft burned and was buried
   on site. Pilot Tommy Marsten was killed; he was the first casualty in the FPL TBM spray
   program.
Source(s):
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-5th Edition, 2008.
  Photo Source(s):
Forest Protection Ltd

Research Assistance:

C. Adam

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