Curtis Helldiver wreck found...

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  1. Geedee

    Geedee Well-Known Member

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    WWII Navy plane crash discovered in Coast forest

    TILLAMOOK, Ore. -- A World War II-era U.S. Navy plane has been uncovered in a forest along the Oregon Coast.

    Loggers made the discovery on private property near Rockaway Beach earlier this week.

    Tillamook County Sheriff Todd Anderson said the Pentagon was concerned about possible remains of two veterans whose families would need to be notified.

    The plane was out of the Naval Air Station Tillamook, which was decommissioned in 1948. But the air station the plane came from has not been determined, Oregon State Police said.

    Crews saw a wing, tail section, landing gear and debris from the Curtiss SB2C Helldiver in a heavily wooded area, OSP reported. The debris field was spread out over about 200 yards.

    OSP and defense department officials were concerned about preserving the site until their investigation could be finished. A bomb disposal team said there was no evidence of any explosives.

    Investigators were looking into whether the plane crashed on a military mission or was later purchased by someone prior to the crash.

    Officials from the Joint Prisoner of War / Missing in Action Accounting Command (JPAC) in Honolulu and Navy Region Northwest were also investigating pending any human remains are found.

    WWII plane crash discovered in Coast forest | kgw.com | KGW Local News | Portland, Oregon

    WWII plane crash discovered in Coast forest | kgw.com | KGW News | Portland, Oregon
     
  2. robwkamm

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    thanks for posting. doesnt look like to much to salvage. hope the pilots bailed out .
     
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    Interesting find. Thanks Gary.
     
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    Said it was spread over 200 yards. Doesn't sound like it came straight down, came in flat. It might've been under control. But I think the Beast had an Autopilot on it, so maybe the pilot set the AP and the crew jumped.

    Agree with Rob, this thing is just interesting, nothing to salvage.
     
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