Pilot Terrence Tully and navigator, James V. Medcalf
Posing with two unidentified boys, London, Ontario 1927. In 1927 Carlings Brewery of London, Ontario offered a $25,000 prize for a Canadian or British pilot to fly their Stinson-Detroiter monoplane, the Sir John Carling from London, Canada across the Atlantic Ocean to London, England. The two man crew of Terrence Tully and his friend James Medcalf made one failed attempt on August 29, 1927 but had to return to London due to heavy fog at Kingston. A second attempt was made on September 1st when the plane made it to Caribou, Maine where it was fogbound for five days.It flew on to Harbour Grace, Newfoundland for the flight across the Atlantic. After departing on September 7, 1927 for London, England the Sir John Carling and its crew tragically disappeared over the Atlantic.