World War II Crash SiteOn May 31, 2021 by jmweb
Prince Edward Island is well known for it’s history. Islanders are all too familiar with it being the birthplace of Confederation. It is known for other amazing accomplishments like Anne of Green Gables or the first place in Canada that received the distress signal of the Titanic, amongst others.
With COVID19 significantly impacting my travel, I have been spending more time on the road exploring numerous destinations on Prince Edward Island. One of the more recent locations is a World War II site. Having explored some plane crashes in Newfoundland & Labrador, I didn’t expect such crash sites to exist in my own home province.
Our province also has some significant ties to World War II. One of those ties is RCAF Station Mount Pleasant which had 3 runways, around 913 meters to 929 meters.
Present-day RCAF Station Mount Pleasant looks like a large field with a small visitor information centre within it. Having driven by it many many times, I had no idea it used to be an airfield, until recently.
Right close to the visitor information centre is a memorial of all the individuals who had passed away from flying in the air service. It contains a list of 22 people who have passed away being stationed at the facility.
One of those individuals was a young pilot, James Clyde Cummings, who sadly crashed near Richmond, PEI. As such a couple of weeks ago we embarked on a journey to visit the crash site.