The day was November 10, 1943 and a Royal Canadian Air Force plane was about to crash into the side of Jay Peak while sheets of snowfall fell on the Vermont ski hill. Ultimately, one crew member would die in the horrific crash on the west side of the mountain on a ski run known as “Valhalla.”
Fast forward 73 years.
Yesterday, members of the Jay Peak trail crew uncovered additional wreckage from the crash. In what appears to be an exhaust apparatus as well the plane’s inspection plaque, the unrecovered wreckage includes some significant parts of the former plane. All in all, they match up to the RCAF plane that went down in 1943.
“Throwback to today, when our Trail Crew found parts of the two-seater plane that crashed into Valhalla in 1968.” – Jay Peak Facebook Page
Originally, Jay Peak Resort thought the plane was from a 1968 crash but upon further inspection by Scott Wheeler, John Laskas, and Derek Bond, the wreckage appears to belong to the 1943 airplane. One of the apparent pieces of evidence was the plane’s placard, which is stamped with the initials RCAF.
*Thanks to Derek Bond for bringing this story to our attention!