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RandyR

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I have been looking at your site for several months after hearing my mother talking about some military aircraft that crashed in east central Indiana in the 1950's.  We did some research and found some information.
I doubt that anything exists at the sites due to this all being farmland.

6/8/1951 eight F-84 Thunderjets crashed in east central Indiana just minutes after leaving Wright-Patterson Air Force base en route to Selfridge Field Michigan.   They were part of a 54 plane formation.
One piloted by Capt. Robert Jackson crashed and burned in a farm field near Richmond (IN) Municipal Airport, Capt. Jackson had minor injuries.
Two crashed near the intersection of US 35 and Indiana 38. I believe from the articles both pilots were killed, they are not named.
One crashed south of the intersection of US 27 & US 36, another a few miles west of 27 & south of 36. there is no mention of the pilots.
Another went down north east of Cambridge City, one south west of Straughn and the last east of the intersection of Indiana 3 & SR 36, again no mention of the pilots.

The articles say that five of the pilots survived and that the Air Force later concluded that the aircraft got contaminated fuel at Wight-Pat.
The articles I have show several photos and name local farms from the 50's as the crash sites.

I also have information on an F-51 crash in 1952 and a C-124 crash in 1951 if anyone is interested.



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 The farm fields here have given up many a wreck site not unlike the fields of England, France and Germany which yield up the remnants of aircraft all the time. There is a guy named Ike on the board here who is searching through the remains of an A-26 under a soy field, I believe.


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Randy,
     Very interesting--thanks for posting that.  I am interested in any details pertaining to the F-51 crash if you have time--thanks.


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Thanks for the responses.  I was concerned that I might be out of line with my posting.  I will post the F-51 info shortly.  I also have some old newspaper photos that I will try and post if I can figure out how.

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I visited a B-26 Wreck Site at Rochester, Indiana.  I could not find any pieces on the farm field and I did not dig.  There might be something there, but nothing on the surface. 

There were many WWII era crashes near Freeman Field, Seymour, Indiana.  I haven't tried to find any as of yet. 

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Randy,
My family is from Indiana, the Aurora, Lawrenceburg area across the river from Cincinnati. My parents moved to AZ in the early 60's but they told me of a mid air P-38 crash that occurred sometime in the early to mid 40's time frame. The planes came down near farm land and their last trip back there they did not think the community had changed all that much. If you have purchased Tony M. book I am sure it is in there. If you need more info let me know and I will speak with my parents to see if they can give any more particulars.
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Tony,
     If I remember correctly, Freeman was also used to flight test and eventually store captured (Luftwaffe) types.  Wouldn't it be crazy to find a 109 out there?!  Take care.


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Luftwaffe Aircraft Parts Found at Freeman Field!

Most of the foreign airplanes were German, but there were also Japanese, Italian and English planes. After several years of painstaking and sometimes frustrating research and exploration, the existence of buried German aircraft parts at Freeman Field was finally proven. The amount of buried material recovered is quite large and exceptionally interesting. one FW-190D-9, W/Nr211016, (FE-119), crashed at Freeman on September 22nd 1945. The plane came to a rest a quartr of a mile beyond the impact point. It is said that the pilots body was removed from the wreckage and the plane was buried right where it came to rest waiting to be dug up. to read more go to
http://www.indianamilitary.org/FreemanAAF/Museum/FF_museum.html

The search continues..

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A Focke Wulf FW-190D crashed near Freeman Field, Indiana, on 22 Sept 1945; the crash was fatal to the pilot 1Lt. William V. Haynes, age 20.  The FW-190D is the long nosed version.  The airplane carried the foreign equipment number FE-119.  The AAF pilot was flying at about 1,000 feet agl; he pulled up into a wing-over maneuver and then into zooming dive, colliding with the ground at a speed estimated to be about 350 mph. 

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Fascinating link--thanks.  I thought there had been some enemy equipment there, but I had no idea of the extent of it.  Also, at that altitude and speed, the pilot likely had just enough time to realize his mistake.  Sad--so young...


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Here are a couple of links to photos and a map of the F-84 crash sites in east central Indiana.  These are from the Indianapolis Star 6/9/1951.



http://www.flickr.com/photos/randyr803/3209283405/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/randyr803/3209283403/


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That has always been a pretty intriguing incident with so many planes going down at once.

Here is an old news photo I picked up of one of the planes:
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/IndF-84Jun51sm.jpg

Imagine coming home and finding that in your front yard!

The names and fates of the rest of the pilots are listed at:
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/1950s/1951Jun.htm

Scroll down to June 8th.

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I like the link to the map with Xs all over it. Someone could do a then and now photo history of the area. Happy hunting!
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Now that spring is here I'm going to try and checkout some of those X's

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Re: Captured enemy planes in US. Eglin Army Air Base in Florida had quite a collection. Eglin had extensive flight test facilities and was the site of a P-75A Eagle crash, one of only six built.
Here is an excerpt from my book concerning a minor accident between a 190 and a P-47.



 

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