TheSmith was the first to set foot on North American soil. PICTORIAL HISTORIES
September 1: All day was spent washing oil from the plane and in
repairing the various parts that broke yesterday.
By night practically all of it was finished and two hours work in the morning will complete the task.
The Richmond [US Navy cruiser] moved out this p.m. & the Milwaukee came in -- so we spent the night aboard her,
and moved back into the same rooms occupied in Greenland. In the evening we took in the movies & about 10 turned in.
Country hereabouts seems to be all just one big irregular rock, covered here and there with a green moss.
No beaches at all -- the rock just comes to the water & then ceases.
After passing Cape Charles, a very heavy fog was encountered across the Strait of Belle Isle,
then along the coast of Newfoundland to Hawkes Bay, landing at 5:06. The destroyer USS Osborne DD-295 was stationed here and its
Captain, Lieut. Commander McCord, had very wisely placed new moorings for us on the lee side of the harbor.
Hawke's Bay was named in 1766 by
Captain James Cook
to honor British
Admiral Edward Hawke
and his great navel victory over the French Fleet at Quiberon Bay in 1759.
The Boston II, the DWC prototype plane, was readied to send to Pictou, Nova Scotia, so that Wade and Ogden could continue the flight back to Seattle. U.S. AIR FORCE MUSEUM
At Pictou Harbor, Nova Scotia; the Boston II test plane joins the two remaining original planes
for the last leg of the trip. [SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION]
Thursday, September 4: A rainy & windy day -- too
bad to refuel or work on planes. Day spent around hotel.
In evening went aboard Canadian destroyer Patriot for dinner and a very pleasant evening -- initiated into Mess.
Great deal of day spent asking questions of Mac & Bert [Lts. McDonald & Bertrandis, pilots of "Boston II"
from the U.S. to Pictou Harbor] as to conditions of things in the States.
Friday, September 5: After passing St. John, the flight began to encounter fog which at times became very dense.
The planes kept pushing on, hoping that it would pass the fog belt. While near Portland, it was decided best to land;
Mere Point was chosen for this purpose as temporary mooring places could be seen from the air and the harbor was fairly well protected.