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AnthonyMireles

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Looking for information about the B-17 that crashed into a mountain near Tellico Plains, Tennessee, on April 8, 1945.  I have the accident report and other information--looking for anybody who might have been there or knows anything about the modern wreck site or access to it. 

I recently read "MAYDAY!MAYDAY! Aircraft Crashes in the Great Smoky Mountains 1920-2000" by Jeff Wadley and Dwight McCarter. The book does not mention this wreck. 

TonyM. 

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Tony - You're looking for info on the Whigg Ridge B-17.  Crashed 20-30mi NE of Tellico Plains?

Lockheed/Vega B-17F-50-VE Fortress 42-6137 

Right?

There are a number of articles at the UT Library in Knoxville, most recently an article by writer Carson Brewer, circa 1982.

I'll try to run down some other articles when I have a minute or two.

 


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Thanks Matt.

I sent you a couple e-mails concerning the B-24 crash. 

Thanks for your help.  I appreciate all the hard work you and your Colorado buddies are doing.  Good Luck.

TonyM.

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Tony -

Thanks. I saw the e-mails on the B-24. Sounds like a weird set of circumstances so far.  Two different philosphies are forming, that's for sure.

Thanks for the kind words about the Colorado gang, some of us plan on being at the pow-wow in June, hope to see you there.

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Great. Thanks for the info. 

This wreck is about 20 miles from my sister-in-laws house. 

I am going to try for this one this spring. 

Has anyone been there?

TonyM.

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Tony - long shot here but you could try contacting the Virginia Wreckchasing group. That's the nearest group of like interest folks I can think of. 

brian2614@yahoo.com

Or send us mail:

Virginia Wreckchasing Organization
101 Carrollton Terr Apt 1
Charlottesville, VA 22903
 

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Tony
I've been looking into that crash site also. I've been a little side tracked but was thinking that I need to get back on the trail once again. I'd be very interested in any information anyone might be willing to share.

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I think i found a bit more information about the crash site, I can't say I'm happy about the info but... here it is
http://getoutmoretour.blogspot.com/2009/02/whigg-meadow.html

I'd love for this to be wrong. But I figure I'll still hike to it soon.

Tim


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Tim,

Thanks for posting that. 
Looks pretty dog gone easy compared to other wrecks I have climbed to or staggered up to. 

The Boy Scout group says that the B-17 site was bull-dozed (they labeled it as a "B-19" crash).  Don't look like a bull dozer could get up there.  They might of expected to see big pieces ( I was hoping too), causing them to mischaracterize the site; there is still stuff up there (which is good).  I am willing to go up there anyways and see for myself.  I am going to try in May.  That is the only time I can get back to Tennessee.  It is really nice over there in Tennessee. 

Tim, I'll let you know when I am going up there. 

TonyM.

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I was reading over the crash report and it sounds like the post crash fire most likely burnt up most of the aircraft. I also assume that is my they might think it was bulldozed.

I was think of trying to get up there this month but I'm just not sure that will be in the cards. I'm dieing to get back out in the woods let along hunting some wrecks.

A HUGE thanks to MHensarling also, your post was the brake I needed. I guess I should have asked about the site earlier, if I did not, I can't remember.

Tim


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Tim,

Glad I could help.  Hope you guys get a chance to go up to the site and take a couple of photos of how the site currently looks.



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I think I might try to get to the site Friday or Saturday. It will depend on the weather. I'm hoping there is not snow in the area. I need to get out in the woods and what better excuse.

MHensarling
Have you been to the site? I have a good idea where to start looking but I'll never pass up a bit of help.

Tim


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Tim - no I've never been to the site. I was able to locate some information for Tony after he posted his question and that's the extent of my knowledge f this particular mishap.

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This week I had some down time so I went looking. I did not find the crash site but I'll start doing over my data some more and see if I can come up with another plan. I have to say it was great to get out into the woods again.

Tim


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I was still too injured to make the hike to this site in May.  I am getting better and expect to be over my injury soon.  I will try again at the end of July when I go back to Tennessee.  There should be plenty of plant life and insects to battle by then. 

TonyM

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Tony, Best wishes on your recovery.  I was down with a bum ankle from early November to January of this year.  That is prime time for Florida wreck hunting.  Starting to see a market for something to get injured folks back out into the woods.  Maybe a "track chair".  Oh well, there is always still Googlearth.   Dennis

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