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As a follow-up to the two recent book posts, I thought I’d start a poll as to which books are MUST haves on every wreckchaser’s book shelf – not only wreck books, but resource books as well. If you post a follow-up, would you post it in the same format as below, please.

To start things off, here’s what I consider are the basics:

Of course:
Veronico, Nicholas A., et. al. Wreckchasing: A Guide to Finding Aircraft Crash Sites, Castro Valley, CA; Pacific Aero Press, 1992

Veronico, N., Ed Davies, Donald B. McComb Jr., and Michael B. McComb. Wreckchasing 2: Commercial Aircraft Crashes and Crash Sites. Miami, FL. World Transport Press, 1996.

Macha, Gary Patric and Don Jordan. Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of California (1909-2002, Third Edition). Lake Forest, CA. InfoNet Publishing, 2002.

Andrade, John M. U.S. Military Aircraft Designations and Serials Since 1909. Hinckley, Leics, Endland. Midland Counties Publications, 1979.

Mireles, Anthony J. Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945 (three volumes). Jefferson, North Carolina. McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2006.

Brandt, Trey. Faded Contrails: Last Flights Over Arizona. Phoenix, Ariz. Acacia Publishers, 2003.

Darby, Charles. Pacific Aircraft Wrecks…And Where to Find Them. Melbourne, Australia. Kookaburra Technical Publications Party Ltd., 1979.

Denham, Terry. World Directory of Airliner Crashes: A Comprehensive Record of more than 10,000 Passenger Aircraft Accidents. Somerset, England. Patrick Stephens Ltd., 1996.

And I’d like to add Robert Mann’s new book, as well:

Mann, Robert A. Aircraft Record Cards of the United States Air Force (How to Read the Codes). Jefferson, North Carolina. McFarland & Co. Publishers, 2008.

There are many more, and I think it would be interesting for everyone to learn what resources people depend upon and what wreck-themed books they’ve enjoyed reading. I’d like to open the discussion for everyone’s input.
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Nick,
     Thanks for posting that.  I started something similar on the P-51 site which I moderate.  We pooled our resources to come up with a book list as well as a Technical Orders list.  It has been well-received and several people have added something--even if only one or two items--it all builds nicely into a fairly comprehensive list.  I definitely like the idea of having folks give their reviews of the different works as well.  As AAIR has done with the new Mann book, it is a great heads-up for someone new to IAHCs such as myself.  With all due respect to AAIR though, I'm hoping maybe his first impression is wrong since I have been hoping the new book would be something of a "Holy Grail" for decoding those history cards.  Oh, well, we'll see.  Thanks to AAIR for posting the review.
     Nick, email inbound--take care.


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Nick,

Great post and I agree with your top listings.   Sucks that so many are out of print like your first books and Andrade's.   I feel lucky to have all of them in my library!   Andrade's book is apparently completely covered though by Joseph Baugher's website on serials!

I would definately add Scramble's book "US Military Aircraft Mishaps 1950-2004" available on:  http://www.scramble.nl/shop.htm     This book has typical European thoroughness and detail and is a virtual 500-page database of accidents. 

I like also the British books such as the Dark Peaks Wrecks series by Ron Collier because they are so thoroughly researched and documented, it gives one chills.   Also Hell On High Ground (there are two books I think, I just have the second one) by David Earl.

I dont think anything compares in exquisite detail and hard work as the 3-set volume by Tony Mireles though.  I need to get another set because mine are already dog-eared and the bindings are wearing out!

Same goes for the first two Wreckchasing books by yourself and Mike McComb, etc.  They are inspiring, not to be corny.  HA.   I feel the same about Trey Brandt's book and Pat Macha's, and wish there were MORE just like it!

--> Chris B.


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My second installment includes some annotations:

Alexander, Sigmund Col. B-47 Aircraft Losses. Sprial bound and available direct from the author (12110 Los Cerdos St., San Antonio, TX 78233-5953);
http://www.b-47.com/SAC%20Accidents.htm
        Newspaper clippings, reports, and photos of all B-47 losses. – A post about the Mt. Palomar B-47 crash motivated Wreckchaser Theronmoon to investigate the crash. Check out his photos and post.

Bartelski, Jan. Disasters in the Air: Mysterious Air Disasters Explained. London. Airlife Publishing, Ltd. 2001.
        Twelve chapters of aircraft accidents explained from 1942 to 1989.

Job, Macarthur. Air Disaster. Weston Creek, Australia. Aerospace Publications Pty. Ltd. 1994.
        Now up to its fourth volume, Air Safety Specialist Job’s books examine airliner crashes in detail with excellent photos, maps, and drawings.

Serling, Robert J. The Probable Cause… The Truth About Air Travel Today. Garden City, New York. Doubleday & Co. 1960.
Details numerous airliner crashes of the 1950s.


Arm Chair Wreckchasing:
Cass, William. The Last Flight of Liberator 41-1133: The Lives, Times, Training and Loss of the Bomber Crew Which Crashed on Trail Peak at Philmont Scout Ranch. West Chester, Pennsylvania. The Winds Aloft Press. 1996.
        B-24 crash at the 10,200-foot level of Trail Peak, northeast of Taos, New Mexico.

Hayes, David. The Lost Squadron: A Fleet of Warplanes Locked in Ice for 50 Years…Can They be Freed to Fly Again? New York. Hyperion. 1994.
        Boring down 264 feet through ice to find a B-17 and recover a P-38 Lightning on the Greenland ice cap. How cool is that? Friggin’ cold apparently. The recovered P-38 now flies as Glacier Girl.

Hoffman, Carl. Hunting Warbirds: The Obsessive Quest for the Lost Aircraft of World War II. New York. Ballantine Books. 2001.
        Details the back story of Gary Larkins and his numerous wreckchasing adventures as well as the attempted recovery of the B-29 Kee Bird from Greenland.

Kearns, David A. Where Hell Freezes Over: A Story of Amazing Bravery and Survival. New York. Thomas Dunne Books (St. Martin’s Press). 2005.
        A PBM, callsign George 1, crashes at the South Pole in white-out conditions during the U.S. Navy’s 1946 Antarctic survey. Three die in the crash. The remainder of the crew wait 13 days before being found. Then they had to walk out to be rescued. Written by the son of George 1’s pilot.

Page, Gordon. Warbird Recovery: The Hunt for a Rare WWII Plane in Siberia, Russia. New York. iUniverse. 2005.
        Messerschmitts, Oscars, and Airacobras ready for taking on the frozen plains of Siberia. Sounds simple, right?

Sheehan, Susan. A Missing Plane. New York. G.P. Putnam’s Sons. 1986.
Three crew members and 19 servicemen disappear flying a B-24 (42-41081) between Port Moresby and Nadzab, New Guinea. Wreck investigated in April 1982.


Photos of wrecked World War II aircraft littering airfields:
Mikesh, Robert C. Broken Wings of the Samurai: The Destruction of the Japanese Airforce. Annapolis, Maryland. Naval Institute Press. 1993.

Gallagher, James P. Meatballs and Dead Birds: A Photo Gallery of Destroyed Japanese Aircraft in World War II. Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 2004.

Green, Brett. Götterdämmerung: Luftwaffe Wrecks and Relics. London. Classic/Ian Allan Publishing. 2006.


The next three are included because they contain a number of aircraft wrecks, are great records of the battles, have incredible photography, and are fantastic historical works:

Bailey, Dan E. World War II Wrecks of the Truk Lagoon. Redding, California. North Valley Diver Publications. 2000.

Bailey, Dan E. WWII Wrecks of the Kwajalein and Truk Lagoons. Redding, California. North Valley Diver Publications. 1989.

Bailey, Dan. E. World War II Wrecks of Palau. Redding, California. North Valley Diver Publications. 1991.



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 Nick, can we add this one?

  Merlin, Peter W. & Moore, Tony. X-Plane Crashes: Exploring Experimental, Rocket Plane, and Spycraft Incidents, Accidents and Crash Sites. North Branch, Minnesota. Specialty Press, 2008

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How about "Aircraft Accidents in Florida" by Robert Widner? http://www.lulu.com/content/5411008

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Good call Salvor6, Bob Widner's book belongs on this list. It had not been published when the thread got started. I highly recommend the book myself.
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 Found this one on Amazon: "Dambuster Crash Sites, 617 Dambuster Squadron Crash Sites in Holland & Germany"  by Chris Ward and Andreas Wachtel. Pen & Sword Books, Aviation Heritage Trail Series. 2007

 After reading some of the "flying a Lancaster at treetop level inbound to the target" stories, it's a wonder any of the 617 guys got back

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Here's a few more books that are of interest to wreckchasers and historians alike:

Bradley, E. Philip with Richard F. Gaya Sr. The Crash of Piedmont Flight 349 into Bucks Elbow Mt. as told by the Sole Survivor, E. Philip Bradley. Available direct from the author: Philip Bradley, P.O. Box 3219, Monroe, NC 28111-3219

Cole, Ben. Four Down on Old Peachtree Road. Suwanee, Georgia. Crosswind Publications, Ltd. 2007.

Field, Andrew J. Mainliner Denver: The Bombing of Flight 629. Boulder, Colorado. Johnson Books. 2005.

Imparato, Edward T. Into Darkness: A Pilot’s Journey Through Headhunter Territory. Charlottesville, Virginia. Howell Press, Inc. 1995.

Panas, Jr., John. Aircraft Mishap Photography: Documenting the Evidence. Ames, Iowa. Iowa State University Press. 1996.

Ralph, Barry. The Crash of Little Eva: The Ultimate World War II Survivor Story. Gretna, Louisiana. Pelican Publishing Co. 2004.

Serling, Robert J. The Probable Cause… The Truth About Air Travel Today. Garden City, New York. Doubleday & Co. 1960.

Starks, Richard and Miriam Murcutt. Lost in Tibet: The Untold Story of Five American Airmen, a Doomed Plane, and the Will to Survive. Guilford, Connecticut. The Lyons Press. 2004.

 Stekel, Peter. Final Flight: The Mystery of a WWII Plane Crash and the Frozen Airmen in the High Sierra. Berkeley, California. Wilderness Press. 2010.

 Sturkey, Marion. Mid-Air: Accident Reports and Voice Transcripts from Military and Airline Mid-Air Collisions. Plum Branch, South Carolina. Heritage Press International. 2008.

 Widner, Robert. Aircraft Accidents in Florida: From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima. Lulu.com. 2009.

 Young, Cindy Lou. Out of the Fog: Tragedy on Nantucket. Alton, New Hampshire. Black Lab Publishing, LLC. 2008.


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Here is another one to add to the list,

Final Flights, Dramatic wartime incidents revealed by aviation archaeology
 By Ian McLachlan published 1989 ISBN 1-85260-122-1

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Good call, Moxie1. Can you forward the publication information? I’d like to keep all of the entries in the same format so we can compile this into one long list. Anyone else have any suggestions?

 Here’s a couple others with British themes to add:

Smith, David J. High Ground Wrecks and Relics: Aircraft Hulks on the Mountains of the UK and Ireland. Leicester, England. Midland Publishing Ltd. 1997.

Doylerush, Edward. Rocks in the Clouds: High-Ground Aircraft Crashes of South Wales. Hersham, Surry, England. Midland Publishing/Ian Allan Publishing Ltd. 2008.

And some photo chronicles that make good reading:

Graff, Cory. Shot to Hell: The Stories and Photos of Ravaged WWII Warbirds. St. Paul, Minnesota. MBI Publishing Co. 2003.

Graff, Cory. Clear the Deck! Aircraft Carrier Accidents of World War II. North Branch, Minnesota. Specialty Press. 2008.

Davis, Larry. Bent & Battered Wings: USAAF/USAF Damaged Aircraft, 1935-1957 (Vol. 2). Carrollton, Texas. Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1989.

Sullivan, Jim. Bent & Battered Wings: USN/USMC Damaged Aircraft, 1943-1953. Carrollton, Texas. Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1986.

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Some additional books from my shelves:
Badcock, Capt. T.C. A Broken Arrow: The Story of the Arrow Air Disaster in Gander, Newfoundland. St. John’s, Newfoundland. Al Clouston Publications. 1988.

Childers, Thomas. Wings of Morning: The Story of the Last American Bomber Shot Down Over Germany in World War II. Reading, Mass. Addison-Wesley Publishing Co.1995.

Faith, Nicholas. Black Box: Why Air Safety Is No Accident. Osceola, Wisc. MBI Publishing. 1996.

Hersh, Seymour M. “The Target is Destroyed:” What Really Happened to Flight 007 And What America Knew About It. New York. Random House. 1986.

Johnston, Moira. The Last Nine Minutes: The Story of Flight 981. New York. William Morrow and Co., Inc. 1976.

Kenney, Douglas and William Butler. No Easy Days: The Incredible Drama of Naval Aviation. Louisville, Ky. Avion Park Publishing. 1995.

Lee, Robert Mason. Death and Deliverance: The True Story of an Airplane Crash at the North Pole. Golden, Colo. Fulcrum Publishing. 1993.

McClendon, Dennis E. The Lady Be Good: Mystery Bomber of World War II. Fallbrook, Calif. Aero Publishers. 1962.

Martinez, Mario. Lady’s Men: The Story of World War II’s Mystery Bomber and her Crew. Annapolis, Md. Naval Institute Press. 1995.

Quinn, Chuck Marrs. The Aluminum Trail: China, Burma, India, World War II, 1942-1945. Self-published. 1989.

Shaw, Adam. Sound of Impact: The Legacy of TWA Flight 514. New York. The Viking Press. 1977.

Sterling, Bryan B. and Frances N. Sterling. Will Rogers & Wiley Post: Death At Barrow. New York. M. Evans and Co. 1993.

Stewart, Stanley. Emergency! Crisis In The Cockpit. New York. Tab Books/McGraw Hill. 1989

Weisheit, Bowen P. The Last Flight of Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Junior, USNR: Battle of Midway, June 4, 1942. The Ensign C. Markland Kelly, Jr., Memorial Foundation, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland. 1993.

Got another page of books to post, then I'll organize these into categories.

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I just got my copy of Wreckchasing 101 last week.   It's been good reading!    Thanks, Nick for putting it together.

Unless I'm just not looking at the right sources, the one thing I have noticed is a relative dearth of documented wreckchasing in the mid-Atlantic region.   There's definitely significant crashes in this area and the possibility for still locating artifacts.   Obviously, the state of preservation is going to be far less than planes located in the more arid Western climates. 
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I stumbled across some old pictures that I'd taken at the TWA 514 site back in the Winter and Summer of 1977 after the wreck.  At the time there was still debris everywhere on this very eerie site.   The "mowed off" treetops clearly showing the angle of the wings on impact was striking.   The picture shows some of the smaller items that were found.  One of the items has been identified as a partial front panel from the aircraft's Collins 51RV-2B ILS receiver.  Not shown is a metal box aproximately 8 X 8 inches with a label: "cockpit speaker".  It was a very strange feeling, thinking that the last ATC communications may have been heard through that speaker.  


I recall that at the end of our visit to the site, I turned over a large piece of fuselage sheet metal, while crouched on my knees, and under it, less than 2 feet away was a coiled rattlesnake.  I jumped backward and rolled down the hillside without even thinking.  I took that as an omen that we weren't meant to visit this site.


As it happened, on the day of that crash I had traveled Rt 7 less than a mile away over that mountain and I remember the weather as being awful - cold, windy and rainy.   I will never forget that day and my thoughts have often returned to those who perished there, and the emergency responders who saw sights that no one should ever see.


fx_hiker Feb 1977-west view-incoming direction.jpg Aug 1977-east view - impact rock and hillside.jpg    Aug 1977-artifacts including Collins ILS receiver faceplate.jpg

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