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U.S. Air Force Helicopter History
Edward P. Dickson, Captain, USAF (Fallen)? – February 9, 1954
YH-21 #50-1241Goose Bay, Labrador09 February 1954
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Corpus Christi, TX.)Wednesday, February 10, 1954, page 4
AF Helicopter Blast Kills 2
TROIS PISTOLES, Que., Feb. 10 (AP)
A two-engine U. S. Air Force helicopter, reported heavily laden with gasoline blew up yesterday on a flight from Quebec City toward Goose Bay, Labrador, and killed at least two men aboard. A third man was believed missing.
Burning debris was scattered in waist-deep snow over a farm five miles west of this St. Lawrence River town.
Witnesses said the known dead were the pilot, Lt. Everett Ellis, 31, of New York City, and the co-pilot, Capt. Edward P. Dickson, whose hometown was not ascertained.
Air Force officials and police combed the area for trace of a third man believed aboard the aircraft, a civilian identified only as William M. Blenkin. It was not learned how he came to be aboard the craft.
The crew was believed stationed at Goose Bay.
3 Die As ‘Copter Explodes In AirOne of Four Enroute From Middletown
A two-engined U.S. Air Force helicopter, which left Olmsted Force Base at Middletown Jan. 18, blew up yesterday on a flight from Quebec City toward Goose Bay, Labrador.
All three men aboard were killed.
The ship, reported heavily laden with gasoline. crashed about five miles from the St. Lawrence River town of Trois Pistoles, Quebec Province.
The Air Force said the helicopter was one of four enroute from Middletown. where the ships were changed for cold weather flying, to Fort Pepperill, Newfoundland, where they were slated for use in transferring supplies.
Flying In Easy Stages
The ships were making the flight in easy stages. A fifth helicopter joined the group in Montreal.
Some farmers and bushmen who were working on the farm of Albert Hudson said they heard the machine flying overhead erratically. Then came two explosions, and burning debris was scattered in the waist-deep snow over the farmland.
Witnesses said the dead were the pilot, Lt. Everett Ellis, thirty-one. of New York City, the co-pilot, Capt. Edward P. Dickson, whose hometown was not learned, and a civilian, William M. Blenkin. Blenkin’s home also was not known, but he was believed to be an employe of a Pennsylvania engineering firm known as Morton Engineering Co.
Blenkin’s body was found only after a search of several hours by Air Force officials and police. It was finally uncovered in the snow about 500 yards from the wreckage.