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Old 7th December 2017, 01:09
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Question Unknown B-24 wreck Wessex England RIP

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbzPskIg4zw

YouTube film of wreck of B-24 aircraft south coast England {Wessex}

Sorry I cant provide any info..as regarding loss of Circumstances...B-24 not only used By US Army Air Corps, but by US Navy and the RAF...so weather it was abandonded or a crash trying to get back...I don't Know....

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Old 1st January 2018, 21:12
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Re: Unknown B-24 wreck Wessex England RIP

Apparently this wreck is still unidentified. There is more information here:

http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/book/export/html/1057

The only item that seems to have anything "readable" is the label on the Snorkel Parka found wrapped around "Engine 1". It say "Original Snorkel Parka" and is not a military issue.

A couple of comments on this. First , if you look at the diagram on the link, this appears to be the right wing of the B-24 but upside down. Thus in the normal numbering, this would be engine "#4" not engine "#1". (A Minor point.)

But as regards to the parka itself, this most likely could not have been made in the 1940s. The original Parka (N-3) was first issued (depending on where you read) in 1945 or a little later. The original versions did not have the orange lining, that came about (again depending on where you read it) in the 1950s. Also the name "Snorkel Parka" came about in the 1950s, 1960s, when parkas were sold as surplus and the civilian market developed copies. I think the parka found with the wreck may be a "red herring", or in this case an "orange herring" that was not part of the original wreck. If the parka was on the plane, then I think it moves the wreck at least into the 1950s. For how long were B-24s used in Great Britain either by the RAF or by the US post war?


The location of this wreck is roughly here (copy paste into Google maps): 50.423476, -0.864727
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