B-18 Bomber Crash on Mt Waternomee
In December of 1942, a
B-18 Bolo bomber was returning from a coastal
anti-submarine patrol and got lost in bad weather on their way home
to the Westover AFB in Chicopee, MA. Through a gap in the clouds
they saw a city that they assumed was Providence, RI, and set course
for home. The city was actually Concord, NH, and the flight path
led them directly into the side of Mt Waternomee, a small peak on
the ridge of Moosilauke.
Of the 7 crew members, amazingly 5 survived. A plaque was dedicated
on the site of the wreck on July 4, 1992. There are still many
pieces of the plane there, including
most of a wing,
and many other smaller pieces.
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