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John McLaren

In memory of:

Flying Officer John McLaren

December 16, 1958

Georgia Straits, British Columbia

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Air Force


Royal Canadian Air Force


409 All Weather Fighter Squadron

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August 15, 1936
St. Lambert, Quebec


June 8, 1956
Montreal, Quebec

Son of John and Elizabeth King (nee Lorimer) McLaren of St. Lambert, Quebec. Brother of William, Robert, David, Peter and Douglas McLaren.

Commemorated on Page 88 of the In the Service of Canada (1947 - 2014) Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

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  • Flying OfficerJohn McLaren– Flying Officer McLaren (always called "Ian" by his family, and sometimes called "Red" by his squadron mates) was flying a CF-100 (tail number 18499) over the Strait of Georgia on the night of December 16, 1958, when both jet engines flamed out in a rainstorm and could not be re-started.

Ian, the navigator, and his pilot, Flying Officer John Callahan, bailed out at 17,000 feet about 12 miles from Comox.  Callahan was rescued from the rough waters of the Strait two hours later, but Ian's body has never been found.

The CF-100, designed and built by Avro Canada and inaptly called an all-weather interceptor, was recognized by its aircrews as being undependable in inclement weather.

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