For the WWII/Aviation buffs...

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    Inspector Lee

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    I stumbled upon this above 12,000 feet last week in the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming. In June 1943, a B-17 with a crew of 10 left Pendleton AFB in Oregon en route to Grand Island, Nebraska where they were to pick up munitions and then head to Europe. But they never made it...
     

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    The plane and crew were MIA for over two years until the wreckage was discovered by a couple of ranchers who saw metallic reflections on the crest of a mountain in the distance.
     

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    Due to the extreme conditions (wind, ice, snow), the crew were pretty well preserved upon discovery in August 1945. And eerily, one crewman was supposedly found a short distance away sitting upright against a boulder with pictures of his family laid out in front of him.
     

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    According to the investigation, there was a malfunction with the altimeter on board and the crew did not realize how low they were flying until the last second whereupon they tried to pull up. As a result, the rear of the plane now lies on the west side of the mountain with the engines and fuselage on the east.
     

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    There is a plaque at the base of the mountain honoring the men. Due to good weather, I spent about 90 minutes up there amidst all the jangled metal, cables and wires. There were small pieces which were too heavy to lift and everything was just scattered like matchsticks.
     

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    It is the most eerie and unreal thing I have seen to date. If anyone is interested in checking it out, PM me and I'll provide the logistics. But it will require at least a one-night backpack.
     

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    Great pics. That is a sad story. I'm a big fan of the B17 Flying Fortress, I used to build models of them when I was young.

    Definitely worth a backpacking trip to see.
     

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