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Monday, January 24, 2011

In Memory of RCMP Members Killed at Carmacks, Yukon


RCMP Members Killed at Carmacks, Yukon. 1963 

The following is an excerpt from the Whitehorse Star which summarizes the tragedy of our members.

"Plane Burst into Flames When It Struck the Ground

Four Whitehorse RCMP officers and a prisoner were killed Saturday evening when a Beaver aircraft crashed and burned in Carmacks.

Dead are pilots Sgt. K.M. Laughland, in his early thirties; Cp. R.W. Asbil, 29; Const. P.L.A. Malcolm, 29; Const. W.J.L. Annand, 27 and prisoner Joseph Phillipe Clement Desormeaux, 56.

Desormeaux was a time-serving prisoner who had appeared as a witness in a contested court case at Mayo and was being returned to Whitehorse when the crash occurred.

The Whitehorse Air detachment RCMP aircraft CF MPO was apparently landing in Carmacks on police business. It crashed in a bank just below the Mayo Road at a location approximately in between the Territorial Garage and the Carmacks bridge.

Police said the crash happened about 8:10 p.m. No cause for the accident has been established but a Department Transportation investigating team has been flown in from Edmonton to search the wreckage.

Word of the mishap shook the Yukon because the men were well-known to many residents. The Whitehorse Star joins those grieving today as a consequence of the tragic death of the men..."

'Friends Not Forgotten'

Source: The Whitehorse Star, Monday, July 15, 1963

Photo of Memorial taken from the RCMP Chapel, Regina, SK.

'Maintain Our Memories'

J. J. Healy


  1. Thank you for this site. I was just 14 months old when Dad was killed,
    so any remembrances are truly heartfelt. Thank you too to J.J. Healy for adding the photo from the Chapel in Regina. I didn't know there was such a plaque dedicated.

    Would anyone have a photo of the cairn erected in Carmacks, Yukon?

    Thank you again.

    Catherine Malcolm

    1. Hi Catherine,

      My name is Peter Ryley. I would like to talk to you about Proctor Malcolm.

      I can be reached at

      Thank you.

  2. Hi Joe,

    We spoke many months ago. I was able to find Proctor Malcolm's daughter.

    Many thanks for your help by providing this site.

    July 13 2013, 50 years later.


    Peter Ryley


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