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B17 Crash Wreckage Video (Olympic Moutains, WA)

Aviation Videos Discuss B17 Crash Wreckage Video (Olympic Moutains, WA) in the World War II - Aviation forums; I finally made the time to hike the Tubal Cain trail to see this wreckage. This was SB-17G 44-85746 which ...

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    B17 Crash Wreckage Video (Olympic Moutains, WA)

    I finally made the time to hike the Tubal Cain trail to see this wreckage. This was SB-17G 44-85746 which crashed on Jan, 19 1952. This is the first wreckage I've seen in person, and it amazes me how well everything still looks. From what I understand there is still quite a bit further up the mountain. I'll eventually go back sometime to check that out as well.

    Here is a video I took. Nothing special.











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    Great pics! Thanks for posting. Must really be something to see in person!
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    It really was. I thought I'd see a few unrecognizable pieces, but I was amazed at what was there.

    I found this on the way up... can anyone identify it?



    It has aluminum pieces around it that look to swivel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rusker View Post
    It really was. I thought I'd see a few unrecognizable pieces, but I was amazed at what was there.

    I found this on the way up... can anyone identify it?

    It has aluminum pieces around it that look to swivel.
    Any part numbers on it?

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    15 - 4A??

    This is on the "hinge" on the upper left"


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    I'm not 100% sure but I think that's the actuator for the cowl flaps.

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    The round thing is actually part of the engine mount system. I will post the manual here, and look on page 12-14 and u will see it. Especially on page 14. Hope this helps!
    Attached Files


    By the way, God does have a place for all of his creatures. Right next to the potatoes and gravy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beaupower32 View Post
    The round thing is actually part of the engine mount system. I will post the manual here, and look on page 12-14 and u will see it. Especially on page 14. Hope this helps!
    Yep - quite correct - I found B-25 pics that had a similar set up but the "hinge" had a grease fitting in it.


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    whoa, B-17 wreckage in WA!? did you find the cockpit anywhere? if so, you got any pics? if not can you describe it?
    THANKS NJACO FOR THE SIG PIC!!
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    beaupower32 - Thanks for the pdf. Here are some pics of the part.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    whoa, B-17 wreckage in WA!? did you find the cockpit anywhere? if so, you got any pics? if not can you describe it?

    Are you in the NW? It's just south of Sequim.

    I went on a 14 mile hike, and this was towards the end. I didn't have a lot of daylight left, so I had to limit my time there so I could make it back to the car. Apparently, there is is more wreckage further up that slope. I found a few websites about it, but they won't give out the location of some of the other sections. From what I read they are basically untouched by vandals, military, etc.



    B-17 Crash photos ( good collection of photos )
    Last Flight of '746 ( tons of good information, including stories from the survivors.)

    From waymarking.com:

    "AF 44-85746A was an SB-17G, a search-and-rescue variant of the venerable B-17 flying fortress. The official story is that it was returning from a search mission to locate survivors from a Korean airlift plane that had gone down near Sandspit, B.C. In extreme turbulence and heavy blizzard conditions, the crew experienced sporadic failure of navigation and radio equipment. The plane was tossed up and down 800 feet by the severe winter weather.

    Suddenly, the plane's port wing clipped trees near the top of a ridge. The plane was slammed to the ground, ripping out the lower cockpit area and tearing off wing control surfaces. The plane bounced, crashing back to earth on its belly, knocking off engines and stripping away the external life boat slung underneath.

    AF '746 then slid like a toboggan down a 2,000 foot steep slope, spewing man and machine in her wake as fire erupted through the cockpit."

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    lol I live in Centralia, 85 miles south of Seattle
    THANKS NJACO FOR THE SIG PIC!!
    Southern Comfort III of the 8th Air Force, 44th Bombardment Group.

    Captain George R. Insley (pilot) commanding, Rudolph Jandreau Engineer/top turret gunner
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trebor View Post
    lol I live in Centralia, 85 miles south of Seattle
    Sounds like you just made plans for next weekend.

    I'm out on the coast, and it took me about 2 1/s hours to drive up there. It was a 14 mile roundtrip hike that I did, but to see the B17, it should only be about 5-6 miles roundtrip from the trail head. The last .7 to the wreckage is very steep though.

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    Glad I could help out!


    By the way, God does have a place for all of his creatures. Right next to the potatoes and gravy.

    "Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup"

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    Very interesting Rusker. It is amazing how preserved the parts looked after almost 60 years.

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