27 January 1961
F/O AR Schellongovsky - Pilot
F/O MJ Zimmer - Navigator
Horseman Charlie One (CF-100 #18356) crashed shortly after take-off three miles from the end of the runway at approximately 1753Z. Yellowjack had no radio or radar contact. Both aircrew fatalities – reason for crash not known.
Extract from 1 Air Division Historical Report:
27 Jan 61
A CF-100 AW interceptor from 423 (Eagle) Squadron, crashed at 7 o'clock tonight, shortly after taking off on a routine training exercise. Both members of the crew were killed. They were F/O AR Schellongovsky, 24, pilot, from Chilliwack BC, and F/O MJ Zimmer, 26, navigator, from Cudworth, Sask.
Pinetree Line web site comment:
I was on duty, working the evening shift, at 2 (F) Wing Base Operations at the time of this accident. The aircraft in question was a CF-100. Both the pilot and the navigator were killed in this crash and they were buried at the RCAF Cemetery at Choloy (near Toul, France). The aircrew consisted of pilot, F/O AR Schellongovsky - age 24, and the navigator F/O MJ Zimmer - age 26. The apparent cause of the crash was a result of take-off procedure when the pilot made a right turn out on departure and unknowingly inverted the aircraft.
Grave marker photos courtesy of Malcolm Cromarty - February 2001