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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 236442
Last updated: 27 May 2020
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Date:01-JAN-1945
Time:20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic B24 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated B-24J
Owner/operator:USAAF
Registration: 42-95559
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Natrona County, Wyoming -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Casper Army Air Base
Destination airport:Casper Army Air Base
Narrative:
Murchison crew was returning to Casper Army Air Base after a round-robin navigation exercise to Nebraska. In bad weather, the airplane was in a shallow descent at cruise power and in a level attitude when it crash-landed on a flat plateau and slid for 0.3 miles in deep snow. The aircraft slid over a small rise, then down a steep 50 ft bank into a creek bed, where it was totally destroyed. The location is in a very remote area and on private land. Rumors of a B-24 wreck in this region have been a mystery to locals and researchers for 75 years. Researchers from the Wyoming Veteran's Memorial Museum and Colorado Aviation Archeology discovered the elusive site on May 22, 2020.

Sources:

Army Air Force accident report, and Mireles U.S. Military Fatal accidents 1941-45.


Images:


Natrona County, Wyoming, May 21, 2020

Revision history:

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27-May-2020 06:39 42-95559 Added

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