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  1. I didn't have a lot of time to fill my ruck with souvenirs when I was in Desert Storm, but I was lucky enough to bring home an Iraqi helmet and a chunk of a Scud missile.
  2. Nice pick up. Your helmet looks almost identical to the one I brought back from Desert Storm.
  3. The rear sight can indeed be set for any distance, but as M1Ashooter mentioned, with a battle zero set at 300 yards, a GI could hit a man-sized target out to 300 yards by holding center of mass. So, he does not really need to be a good judge of distance. You must remember that hundreds of thousands of GI's who were drafted had never shot a rifle before. The M1 Garand was, by design, a very effective killing tool even in the hands of inexperience soldiers. Point and shoot, if you will. Also, the WWII Garands had lock-bar rear sights. To adjust the sight a soldier had to first loosen a
  4. Thanks for all of the coments guys. I thought people might appreciate this story. I think the world of my brother for making the efforts to help my Gram out. What a journey! Brandon, my Gram and brother weren't off by much. Their first visit to the crash site got them to the farm. But my brother's GPS just couldn't find the exact spot. On the second visit with the gentleman from the restaurant, he got them to the exact spot, which was just off by a few hundred yards or so. Jordan77, I agree that divine intervention played a role. My Gram is an old school, devoted Catholic. I
  5. Last pic....my brother back home in Adams at Uncle Tommy's grave.
  6. And probably the coolest piece...some kind of a plate from the plane. It reads "B-29 Pre-flight checklist"
  7. A few more identifiable pieces....a stopwatch, a knife, and a parachute or seat buckle.
  8. Some small pieces of wreckage he brought home...
  9. Here is a pic of that gentleman who brought them to the exact site.
  10. The next morning they were having breakfast at a little greasy spoon in Talihina, and my brother signed the restaurant's guest book...Scott Mahar, Adams, MA. They left and planned to head back home. Soon after, a gentleman came in, had his breakfast, and was paying his bill when he noticed the name. He happened to be the guy my brother talked to on the phone who happened to know the exact spot of the crash. He called every hotel in town to find my brother. When he eventually contacted him my brother told him about not finding the spot. This gentleman made plans that day to bring my Gra
  11. ...and a close up of the wreath. It contained pictures of Uncle Tommy's family (he was married with one child and one on the way) and all of his grandkids and nieces and nephews. As a side note, they actually found his wedding ring in the crash debris inscibed to his wife (my Aunt Kay).
  12. ...my Gram laying the wreath somewhere close to the site...
  13. ...my Gram climbing a fence to search for the crash site....
  14. My brother had a GPS unit and the grid coordinates from the crash report punched in. But try as they did, they just couldn't located the exact crash site despite hours and hours of searching. Mr. Medders got them close, but they just couldn't find any evidence. My Gram was O.K. with that. She was just happy to be able to lay a wreath in honor of her brother 50 years to the day and time (7 PM) that the B-29 crashed. Here is the farm....
  15. So, my brother and my Gram flew to Talihina where they met one of the many people who helped them. Here is a picture of a guy by the name of Roy Medders. It was on his farm that the plane went down. He remembers seeing it fall from the sky.
  16. A local (Adams, MA) newspaper clipping of the same event.
  17. That's where my brother took over. He was a journalist at the time and his deep curiosity began to kick in. The 50th anniversarry of the crash was also approaching, and my Grandmother expressed an interest in visiting the site. None of my family had ever been to the site, which was in a small town called Talihina, OK. My brother started his quest with a single phone call to the Talihina town hall and asked the woman if she knew anything about a B-29 crash in 1949. As luck would have it, there happened to be an old timer who overheard the woman say "What? A B-52 crash? When?" He took over
  18. A picture of the crash site from the file.
  19. This story began in the mid 90's when I met a guy on one of the early AOL militaria forums who could obtain USAAF crash records. I was always curious about my Uncle's crash, so I paid him $20, and he produced a 3 document record of he crash. The records is very detailed and very grisly. It contains crash photos, autopsy records, funeral home expense records, and an investigation into the causes of the crash (turns out it was probably a high altitude explosive decompression which led to anoxia of the crew because they weren't wearing oxygen masks).
  20. Here's my Uncle Tommy as a newly commissioned officer with his bombadier wings.
  21. Here is his graduation notice from bombadier school at Childress Field.
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