Evaluation

After researching the crash and contacting relatives of the pilot, we decided to use one engine and part of the 20mm cannon as a display for the Pacific Coast Air Museum. The P-38 was stationed and took off on it’s last flight from Santa Rosa Army Airfield, which is currently the airport where the Pacific Coast Air Museum is located. Many people do not realize that Santa Rosa airport was an Army Air Base during WWII. AAIR felt that the display would serve to help educate the many visitors of the museum about local area history as well as the many losses that occurred during wartime training.

A few small pieces of the aircraft were given to Warren Olsen's relatives for sentimental value and in appreciation of their contribution to the project.

The rest of the P-38 (a wing, one engine, two flaps, a rudder, the landing gear, and a few small miscellaneous parts) were given to a restoration project in Southern California. The P-38 is a very historically significant aircraft. There are currently only somewhere between six to twelve flying P-38's. These parts can be used to help bring back another of this endangered species.

Documenting the Site

Using AAIR's Historic Crash Site Report Form, a combination of the National Transportation and Safety Board (NTSB) Factual Report, Aviation (form 6120.4) and the California Archaeological Site Record, we documented the crash site.

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