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B-17 Flying Fortress crash from 1944 located in Arizona

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    Hi Gang-
    New to the forum here; just stumbled upon it and am very amazed to everyone's finds and the resources available.
    This B-17G was stationed at Kingman Army Airfield in Arizona when it departed in the early evening of September 17th for a night navigational flight. As it approached Flagstaff, witnesses reported the engines were running at an excessive speed and that the aircraft's airspeed was below normal. The plane began a 360 degree climbing turn around the San Francisco Peaks when two fires were seen on the aircraft. Approximately one minute later, a third fire was seen in the rear of the aircraft. Soon after, the flaming aircraft lost power and began a descent until it impacted into the side of a peak, spreading wreckage down the steep canyon and killing all on board.
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    nice are there any fusalage parts lying around
    tom

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    Most of the fuselage burned, what aluminum was left was salvaged right after the crash.

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    Great photos cav, hallowed ground indeed. Incredible how much of the aircraft has survived 67 winters up in those mountains.

    Jay

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    Very sad. There were a great many aircraft accidents during the war years
    which were not combat related.

    Third photo down on left, are the remains of a 'T-30' throat microphone
    and in the fifth photo, on top of the rock, is what looks like the
    perforated cooling sleeve for a Browning .50 machine gun.

    It would be interesting to sift through all the bits of wreckage !
    Regards,


    Steve.

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    You are right- it is a throat mike and a .50 cal cooling sleeve, next to the .50 cal ammo chute. The bail-out alarm bell was in surprisingly good shape and still has the wires connected. Lots of interesting artifacts up there.

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    hey my boy scout troop is looking to go geocaching /hiking up to this point with a hand helpd gps does any one know the ordinates ????

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