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Club Fellow Discovers USAF C-45 Wreckage in Lake Ontario

Explorers Club Fellow Jim Kennard, working alongside Roger Pawlowski and Roland Stevens, has just announced the discovery of a US Air Force C-45 which crashed in Lake Ontario in 1952. As explained on his blog at, “the wreck of a U.S. Air Force C-45 aircraft abandoned during flight by its crew in 1952 has been located in deep water off Oswego, New York. Crippled by the failure of one of its two engines the plane continued on a 65 mile pilotless flight until it crashed into Lake Ontario.” While the initial search party lasted two days and featured several aircraft, it took 62 years until Kennard and company located the wreck in water deeper than anticipated. Follow the link above for more information on the history of the aircraft, the methods used to locate it, and the three men whose hard work made the discovery possible.

Sketch of the wreck of the USAF C-45 on the bottom of Lake Ontario

Art by Roland Stevens

USAF C-45 on lake bottom - approaching front of plane
Photo by Roger Pawlowski

Thumbnail: USAF C-45G in flight, Beech Aircraft photo via Larry Westin collection

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