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Mtflyer

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Walt, happy to hear that you were able to find some B-24 wreckage in that area. Is was fairly sure about it being pieces from the B-24J #42-78571 and P-63A #42-69026, but it's nice that you confirmed it. None of the pieces I found had part numbers.  


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  There are a few PNs out there but most are subassemblies.  Didn't find any 24- prefix P-63 direct numbers but did find Bell stamps (or Bendix, they can be identical to the basic Bell B.)  The curious thing I'm looking at on a couple parts is a cast in manufacturer logo.  If I get time (har har) I'm going to dig a bit and see if I can turn up what company it is.  Probably long gone but who knows.

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And the pictures of the P-63 gearbox may have solved my unanswered mystery from a couple of years ago.  I had posted pictures of casting pieces as possible P-40 parts.  These were found at an urban crash site where a P-40F had crashed into a house after a mid air (over down town St Pete).  While we're taliking about an Allison (P-63) vs a RR Merlin (P-40F), I am thinking the casting pieces I found may be from the RR gearbox area too. I'll have to do some searching on this.  Dennis   
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Hello, I came across this forum while researching my grandfathers military history. I'm Joe Lewis. I am the grandson of Carl A Lewis. My grandfather was the belly gunner on board of the b-24j (42-78571) that collided with the P-63A. I remember hearing all about that accident. I have the accident report somewhere and a cousin has a recording of his first hand account. They had issues landing the plane, brakes where out or something and they strapped three parachutes to the chair of the tail gunner, Broke out the window and let the chutes go. He was proud of that moment and said that Nasa got the idea of slowing the space shuttle down from this accident. lol. Of course we don’t know that how true that is and I’m sure that using parachutes like that had been done before. What can you tell me about the debris field? I would love to see pictures. Thanks


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Only about 30 small pieces scattered for 200 yards are at the site. There is a part from a B&H 16mm gun camera, which was the most interesting piece of wreckage. I think it's the pieces broken off in the mid-air and not the actual P-63A crash site. The site is on open flat desert terrain. I accidently found this site while searching for a OV-1D site that's in the area. The photos of some of the pieces can be seen HERE


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Oh wow. I recall there was something mentioned in my grandfathers report about a camera of some sort or something to that affect. Ill have to look. Is the P-63 wreckage near by or even still around?? I know that some bombers had cameras pointing down. I have a relative that works at Wright Patterson Air Force Museum that I can check with to see if that might have been from the B-24.


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