The B-24E #42-7118 crashed in the Sierra Mountains on 6/21/43, while on a flight from Tonopah, Nevada to Salinas, California. All seven on board were killed. Weather is believed to be the cause of the accident.
Joe(me) and Sooz at the start of the hike in Yosemite National Park. The others will met us at camp tomorrow.
We are headed over the pass where we will set up camp for the next few days.
Our campsite for the first night. We moved to a nicer spot the next day.
The next morning, Sooz and I on top of a 12,000 foot peak. We hiked up here to to check out the views and kill some time while waiting for the others to hike in.
Back at camp, everyone is here. Cori showed up first with Craig and Brent arriving a short time later.
The next morning we were ready to head for the B-24 crash site. Sooz and Cori were ready first and headed out. They planned to check out the crash site and climb a few peaks in the area. I was about ten minutes behind, Craig and Brent got a later start.
A view of the glacier stream that flows into the lake by our campsite as I start the hike. The area turn out to really scenic.
Hiking up the switchbacks. The switchbacks were easier to hike up than I thought they were going to be. I was glad since I wasn't feeling very well.
Looking back down at camp (arrow) from the top of the switchbacks. I can also see Craig and Brent below. They started hiking about an hour and a half after me.
Zoomed in on Craig and Brent about 1,000 feet below as they approach the start of the switchbacks.
When I got to the pass at 12,000 feet, found Sooz and Cori taking a break in a rock shelter. The wind was blowing hard at the pass.
Cori and Sooz with the 13,000 foot peak that we have to hike over. We left the trail here to climb up the east slope.
From the east slope I got a good view of the switchbacks we hiked up.
From the peak we can see some of the B-24's wreckage on the slope above the glacier. It's to far away to tell what's there, but we found it.
We got a great view of Mono Lake.
Cori, me and Sooz on top of the 13,000 foot peak.
Hiking down to the saddle.
Came upon this prop blade on the saddle. Looks it was set here to mark the spot.
My first good look of the crash site.
After checking out the site, Sooz and Cori continued on to hike four other peaks in the area They ended up putting in a fourteen hour day returning to camp at 10:00pm. They hiked on while I continued looking around.
There was a lot of stuff scattered on the rocky slope. Decided to check out the smaller pieces of wreckagre first and save the props for last.
This piece is marked with a GM part number.
Guessing that this is a piece of the fuselage. Not much sheet metal at the site.
This piece has part of a linkage on it.
More wreckage as I across the slope.
The two chrome items look like some type of releases. Found a few of these scattered around.
Another rocker arm.
A reflector for a light.
Finding a lot of stuff, but wondering what happened to most of the wreckage?
Some of the stuff was covered by rocks. Some tubing can be seen.
The lettering on the box reads "SIGNAL CORPS U.S. ARMY RADIO FILTER FL-5-D".
In this shot are two pieces of armor plating.
Closer look at one of the plates.
This wreckage is about hundred feet from the props. The props marked the eastern edge of the crash site, this is the far west edge of the site.
A piece of the airframe. Not much of the airframe remains at the site.
Found a few of these steel strutures. This one was attached to a piece of the airframe.
Another piece of the bomber's structure.
Interesting looking piece, but I have no idea what it is.
Surprised to find this piece of canvas after sixty four years. It had pockets with snaps.
Piece of window with part of the frame attached.
This is either a generator or motor.
Another one without the housing.
Think these straps are from a parchute.
Closer view shows what looks like the attchment point for the chute lines.