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    World War II bomber found in Mojave Desert

    http://www.kget.com/news/local/story...A-555202D92B3B



    Posted 6/5/06
    MOJAVE -
    An aviation archaeologist discovered the lost wreckage of a World War II bomber in the middle of the Mojave Desert.

    A military recovery mission is underway with the discovery of decades-old bones.

    “It's very, very...it's an emotional experience,” said U.S. Marines Captain George Murphy. “Even though we didn't know these men personally, we share a common experience.”

    On April 09, 1944, a B-24D Bomber went down during a training mission just southwest of the then Mojave Marine Corps Air Station.

    The coroner issued death certificates to the families of all ten men on board. And, the cause of the crash was listed as pilot error.

    Now, 60 years later, the site has been cleaned up and all but forgotten.

    Until, amateur wreck chaser Don Jordan set out to find the site five years ago, and stumbled on it last summer.

    “He did finally find it and posted it on his Website,” said Kelly Cowan Kern County Deputy Coroner.

    “And, then the niece of the radio operator of this particular plane read that and asked Mr. Jordan to retrieve some sand and some sort of artifact for her,” said Cowan.

    Jordan honored her request.

    He also called in members of the POW and MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) out of Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, after finding several bone fragments.

    The command setup shop over a month ago and has carefully unearthed personal artifacts like zippers, and dog tags and even more skeletal remains.

    Back then, witnesses said the plane hit nose first in the location where recovery teams are now digging.


    Whatever the team finds will be taken back to the base in Hawaii for identification, including DNA analysis of the bone fragments.

    The team's archaeologist said its part of their pledge.

    “It may take 60 years, but we will return home every fallen service member, back,” said Dr. William Belcher Forensic Archeologist.
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

  2. #2
    ZipDogg

    Re: World War II bomber found in Mojave Desert

    Wow, what a tragic story...I'm glad they finally found the wreckage.
    In 1975 & 1976 I spent over a year living on the Marine Corps Base in the Mojove
    Desert, it's called 29 Palms, California. I was in the 1st Tank Battalian.
    We were actually training to do battle in the Mid-East desert areas that long ago.
    Thanks for all of the info and stories you take time to give us.
    8) 8) 8)

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    hu
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    Re: World War II bomber found in Mojave Desert

    http://www.dailynews.com/antelopevalley/ci_3906300

    Here is also the website to contact Belcher
    Dr. William Belcher Forensic Archeologist.
    http://www.jpac.pacom.mil/CIL/Scientists.htm
    I go a great distance,while some are considering whether they will start today or tomorrow

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    Re: World War II bomber found in Mojave Desert

    bump
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