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Ike

Registered: 11/29/06
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Back in the Summer, myself and two friends rode motorcycles from Ohio to Florida. We traveled through Georgia on old US 441 which took us near the Okeefenokee swamp.

 

We stopped at the Suwanee River visitor center. We were there in the morning and we were the only visitors there. I struck up a conversation with one of the Rangers who was very friendly and happy to answer questions. Naturally my questions finally got to plane crashes in the swamp.

 

I asked him if he had heard the rumor that flight 19 may have ended up in the swamp. He said he didn`t know anything about that, but he said he has seen a letter that was written by a local resident in the area describing a crash that happened during or near  WWII. He said he couldn`t remember for sure but he thought the plane was a B-25. He said the letter said  that at least part of the crew survived and walked out of the swamp a few days after the crash.

 

Does anyone here know anything about this crash, or any others that may have happened in  this area? But even if there are crashes there, they would be nearly, if not impossible to find or visit?

 

Ike


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Registered: 12/02/06
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9-9-43.  Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia.  At 1125 EWT, Bell P-39Q # 42-20917 crashed in the Okefenokee Swamp west of Folkston, Georgia, killing pilot 2Lt. David F. Wilson. The airplane was part of a two ship flight that took off from Waycross AAF, Georgia, on a formation training flight.  The airplane was observed to crash into the swamp but investigators were unable to find it.  A detailed summary of this crash can be found on Page 508, Volume II, of "FATAL ARMY AIR FORCES AVIATION ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES, 1941-1945."  Good Luck with your research.  Tony Mireles


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Kiefer

Registered: 11/29/06
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Hi Anthony,

I live right here at the Okefenokee swamp. When I did a search on AAIR website on that serial number it put the crash near Brunswick, Ga. I know of several crashes in the swamp (civilian) and a few WW11 crashes near the old bombing range on the westside boardering the swamp. I just ordered the book Fatal AAF crashes, can't wait to get it. Regards, Keith 

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Keith,

 

AAF Form # 14 Aircraft Accident Report indicates that the airplane went into the swamp in the vicinity of Folkston according to signed statement by Lt. James A. Bohannon.  See AAF Aircraft Accident Reports Call # 46253, Accident # 10, 9 September 1943.  The cover sheet says Brunswick, but the report says the airplane was never found.  The pilot who witnessed the accident landed at a town directly east of accident site (Folkston).  Brunswick is too far away from the swamp.  Thanks for the support.  Tony Mireles


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Kiefer

Registered: 11/29/06
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Tony, Thanks for such a quick response. I'm just waiting on my books(LOL). I know of a helio team that's based at Folkston for the dept of USDFS and I know some DNR rangers (I get to work on their airboat once in awhile) with the park service. I feel now I need to bring a service member home, if he hasn't been found yet. Regards, Keith

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