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Recent Wyoming crash site discoveries


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B-17 and B-24 combat crew training in Wyoming was very hazardous, especially in winter. Many crews suffered accidents related to weather, maintenance., and training issues.

Volunteers of the Wyoming Veterans Memorial Museum and Colorado Aviation Historical Society have been on a mission for several years to locate crash sites of aircraft associated with the Casper Army Air Base.

On May 22, 2020, we found the site of B-24J 43-95559 roughly 20 miles south of Casper. The entire Murchison crew of six was lost on January 1, 1945.

On April 10, 2021, we found the site of B-17F 42-5102 roughly 28 miles east of Casper. The entire Machala crew of ten was lost on February 23, 1943.

Both locations have been unknown and undocumented since the 1940s. The debris fields consist of very small fragments spread over large areas,

The sites are on private land, and exact locations are confidential as per land owners' requests.

For more information, please contact the Museum.

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