A 'miracle' landing on Hudson Bay
• The plane, a Dakota aircraft, was forced to land on the ice of Hudson Bay because of insufficient fuel. It had been returning from a "4,000-mile mercy flight north of the Arctic Circle," according to the Globe and Mail, after going to pick up a radio operator on Baffin Island who was suffering from a stomach ailment.
• A Jan. 25, 1949 Globe and Mail editorial offered its take on the significance of the event: "The dramatic rescue of the twelve men forced down on the bleak ice of Hudson Bay has captured the imagination of the Canadian public. This was, indeed, adventure at its highest, and so typically Canadian. It is a victory of modern man against the elements: not a complete victory, for the battle is without end, but one of considerable encouragement."
Program: CBC Radio News
Broadcast Date: Jan. 24, 1949
Guest(s): Charles Gunning, Alan Walmsley
Announcer: Bill Reid
Reporter: Thom Benson
Photo: Aerial photo of Hudson Bay from Liam Gumley, Space Science and Engineering Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Last updated: March 15, 2012
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