Framed relics from Lt. Murdock's P-59 A crash site.
P-59 A data plate and relics from crash site
Posted 25 July 2017 - 06:42 PM
These items were returned to next of kin. I kept the data plate.
Edited by P-59A, 25 July 2017 - 06:45 PM.
Posted 25 July 2017 - 06:44 PM
Posted 25 July 2017 - 06:48 PM
P-59A data plate from a crash site in the Mojave. This was the first crash site I had been to that had not been found or visited in 70 years.
Posted 07 August 2017 - 08:45 PM
Thanks for the post and pictures...this stuff is very interesting.
Posted 07 August 2017 - 09:03 PM
Looks like an interesting hunt! I would like to hear more about the story, how you came to find the plane, how you found the next of kin etc! Thanks for sharing!
Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:31 AM
Posted 08 August 2017 - 12:44 AM
Posted 08 August 2017 - 02:41 AM
Bell Aircraft only made 20 P-59 A's. This was the last one made before they started up on the "B" model. The crash was two P-59 A's in a mid air mishap that caused both to crash killing both pilots. As far as I know this was the first time two jets had mid aired in the U.S. We found both points of impact and the point of the mid air. They were on a secret mission to train AA on how to track and shoot down jets during WW 2. All of the first jet pilots in all branch's of service had stick time in the P-59 before moving into the P-80. On a side note Richard Bongs P-80 crash site still exists. I went to it two years ago.
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