B-24J Bomber Crash Site - Camel's Hump, Vermont
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member tatie
N 44° 19.064 W 072° 53.081
18T E 668686 N 4909339
Quick Description: B-24J Bomber Crash Site is located in Camel's Hump, Vermont.
Location: Vermont, United States
Date Posted: 7/28/2014 8:38:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMM634
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Corp Of Discovery
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Long Description:
At the coordinates, there is still a wing and a undercarriage left from the Army Air Force B-24 which crashed on October 16, 1944, killing nine crewmen.

What happened in the last leg of the flight, from Albany, N.Y., to Vermont, is not recorded and remains a matter of speculation.

At the bottom of the Monroe Trail, at N44 18.962 W072 50.992, there is a commemorative plaque about this place crash.
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Date of Crash: 10/16/1944

Aircraft Model: Army Air Force B-24

Military or Civilian: Military

Cause of Crash:
"Around 11 p.m., according to Lindner’s reconstruction, the plane took off from Albany, proceeded to about 8,000 feet, circled twice, then headed up to Burlington. The next leg of the flight plan was to Manchester, N.H., after which the plane was to return to Westover Field.

The interior of the plane was unheated, with a temperature probably in the teens; the men had fleece-lined suits and presumably were uncomfortably cold. The last radio contact with Westover was at 11:42 p.m., after which Wilson left the others on the flight deck and climbed down into the waist section of the plane to take a nap.

At some point after that the plane went down to 4,000 feet. Why the pilot descended is unclear, but Lindner speculates that comfort was a factor — each 1,000-foot drop in altitude likely raised the temperature 3 degrees.

The weather in and around Burlington was clear, but the moon was new and provided no light; presumably there were no lights on the ground, given the hour and the “brown-out” wartime stricture to save electricity. In addition, several inches of snow had fallen, which Lindner believes could have impaired the pilot’s depth perception.

The inference is that the pilot didn’t see Camels Hump, which at 4,083 feet is Vermont’s third-highest peak, at least until it was too late. As Lindner tells it, the plane’s left wing and belly scraped bare rock about 100 feet below the summit, the right wing dipped, and the nose hit the mountainside. The plane bounced, skidded and scattered wreckage — and victims — over a wide area."


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