Feb. 8, 1945, Flight 11007 (a Consolidated Canso) successfully flew from Coal Harbour Seaplane Base to the RCAF Air Station in Tofino where they stopped for supplies before departing on a routine anti-submarine night patrol of the coastline. They were cleared for take-off at 2300 hours and had just cleared the end of the runway when the port engine quit cold. The flight carried 12 personnel, 2,800 litres of fuel and four 115.5 kg depth charges. During a 180-degree turn, in an attempt to return to the airfield, the aircraft started skimming trees on a plateau rising up into a hill. Fearing a direct impact into the side of the hill, pilot-first officer Ronnie J. Scholes put the plane into a full stall and crash landed at the bottom of a densely treed hillside. All on board survived with only minor injuries. Later, four RCAF personnel returned to the crash site to retrieve the radio and machine guns, destroy the secret radar gear and detonate the depth charges.