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U.S.N. policy concerning aircraft wrecks. Very important information concerning USN crash sites.

The following Links are associate members of AAIR

Arizona Wrecks new web site from Chris and Cameron Baird. A really good website with a fresh new look of the oh so many crashes we have here in AZ. For those of you complaining about me not having updated my crash of the month, take a look a this website by the Heat Exhaustion Brothers to get your fill!

Aviation Archaeology in Maine When it comes to aviation archaeology Pete Noddin is one of the most knowledgeable people in the North East, particularly concerning crashes in Maine. In his web site we can finally see some crashes that the North East has to offer.

Michigan Aviation Archaeology Jeff Benya has done extensive research in Michigan and has posted some of his findings on his web site.

Arizona Aviation Archaeology Trey Brandt has done extensive research on Arizona and has posted some of his findings on his web site.

Oklahoma Wreckchasing Aviation Archaeology in the Southern Plains States by Jeff Wilkinson. Jeff is an associate member of AAIR who has been working hard on the history of historic aircraft mishaps in the Southern Plains States.

Napier 28 Homepage During World War II, a military cargo plane disintegrated in flight near a line of violent thunderstorms in northern Nebraska, a few miles Southwest of a town called Napier. There were 28 fatalities representing the crew and all passengers. This web page is dedicated to this accident.

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society is dedicated to preserving Hawaii's aviation heritage by researching and recording the aviation history of the Hawaiian Islands.  They endeavor to preserve historic aircraft and to memorialize the aviators who gave their lives in the service of their country. where the phrase wreckchasing originated from. Nick Veronico's website with books, a forum, and lots of information.


New Links

Letecká Badatelna Aviation archeology website in the Czech republic with over 400 crashes!

Wings of Memory is founded by a group of people who have organized 25 excavations since 1997 of military aircraft that crashed in Belgium during World War II and who esteemed that not enough was being done to preserve the memory of those dramatic events for future generations. A great blog about looking for wrecks in Washington State.

The Rampa Foundation is dedicated to the research, preservation and diffusion of Natal, Brazil's rich Aviation past. They have information on several accidents in Brazil.

AAHS, American Aviation Historical Society The primary objective of the organization is the preservation and dissemination of the rich heritage of American aviation. The Society maintains an extensive collection of books, documents and photographs that are available to members researching any topics of interest.

Porcupine Mountains B-17 A well put together web site detailing the crash of B-17F s/n 42-30762 which crashed in Porcupine Mountains State Park near Silver City, MI on a training flight 19 April 1944.

Luftfahrt - Archäologie in Schleswig-Holstein A great German aviation archaeology site.

Aircrew Remembered A web page dedicated to the memory of airmen of all nations who fought and those that gave the ultimate sacrifice during WWII over the UK and Europe.

Nebraska's Fatal Air Crashes of WWII A very detailed site documenting all of the fatal WWII accidents in Nebraska. This site serves as an excellent example of documenting, recording, and then presenting the history of an area's aviation past in relation to aircraft accidents.

Aero Part Identify Board an International Board to identify unknown aircraft parts from crash sites. You have a part from a crash you need to identify? Try here. A very active group in Colorado doing aviation archaeology. Part of the Colorado Aviation Historical Society. A must site if you have a family member who is still missing or simply just concerned about all of the crew members still listed as MIAs. Formed to create a voice for all of the WWII families of MIAs.

Aircraft Accidents in Florida From Pearl Harbor to the Atomic Bomb Excellent web site with detailed history of accidents and airfields in Florida during WWII.

Texas Wreckchasing first website dedicated to the hobby of aircraft archaeology concentrating within the great state of Texas!

Northern Ireland Aircraft Crash Investigation Team Homepage crash site excavations in North Ireland. excellent reference site.

Our second link is also on the B-25 (previous was a USN PBJ). This B-25 crashed on Sharp Top Mountain near Bedford VA. This site is an extremely well research and detailed history of the crash. It is definitely worth a long visit. This is another example of a well documented site.

Warbirds World Wide by Randy Duncan covers not only aircraft wrecks, but ship wrecks as well. It makes for a very interesting change of pace. He has several long articles on the various wrecks.

One of the articles on the above web site is on an SB-17 that crashed in WA. This seems to be a popular site as I have been informed of two more web sites that have a large number of photographs of this crash site:
USAF SB-17G #746
Crash of SB-17G 44-85746 in the Olympic National Forest
And yet another B-17:
Crew 19 Main Page A relatives search for the crash of B-17 Hell's Belles.

And as long as we are on bombers, how can we leave out the venerable B-24:
B-24 wreck at Moonlight Creek, Escott Station, Far North Queensland in 1942.

And new in the UK:
Air Crash Sites Scotland Covering both civil and military aircraft throughout Scotland.

Lancashire Aircraft Investigation Team Homepage by Nick Wotherspoon

Thameside Aviation Museum Aviation Archaeology in Essex focused on extensive information on archaeology, archaeological sites, excavations and artefacts.


And down under

Military Aircraft Crashes In North Queensland During WWII - Lists 184 military aircraft crashes or mishaps in north Queensland area of Australia during World War 2.

UK Air Fields

Airfield Information Exchange A forum to promote the research into airfields, their infrastructure, history and current status, amongst many other things.

Aviation Archaeology Links

TIGHAR regardless of whether or not they have found Amelia Earhart, TIGHAR is going about the search the proper way, using archaeological documentation techniques. (If you ask me I think they are on to something) TIGHAR has many other projects going on and is a very worthwhile organization to join. Check out their web site to learn more!

Crash Sites in Southern California contains pictures and history of just that, and many of them! By Chris Killian. Excellent site!

NEEACR, North East England Aircraft Crash Research By Jim Corbett. Jim's site currently has numerous crash sites you can visit with another many more in the works.

57 Rescue is an organization that is dedicated to the preservation of everything concerning the Handley Page Halifax and her post war derivative, the Halton. The majority of the surviving Halifaxes are wrecks or are using parts from wrecks for restoration!

CILHI, Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii, Unofficial Site, (but very informative). This is the organization that looks for MIAs from WWII to Vietnam. Many good links on researching MIAs and veterans.

The Hunt for 928 Do you want to learn what the thrill of the hunt is like looking for a crash site? This is an excellent story of one person's search for an A-12 (C.I.A. SR-71), from the thrill of finally finding the site to the agony of "Honey I sunk the truck."

Aspen 29: The search for 966 Another excellent story of a hunt for a SR-71, this time the crash is in New Mexico.

Pacific Coast Air Museum is an air museum in Northern California that is growing fast and has an aviation archaeology display on a P-38 crash.

Civil Accident Reports if you are looking for crash reports on civil aircraft, especially airliners, this is the place to go. They have painstakingly transcribed these reports on computer and you receive clear, accurate copies that are exceptional. Dead Link, but you can still write Aireports at 301 E. 7th. St. Ulrich, MO 64788 or call at (660) 638-4406

QuestMasters Wreckology Aviation Archaeology in Hawaii, see what is going on in the Islands. Strong focus on B-24s!

Aviation Archaeology in Central New York covers a number of accidents in this area including an excellent memorial project on a C-46.

Aviation Archaeology in the Mid-West by Tim Heck.

Aviation Archaeology in England. Find out what is happening on the other side of the pond.

Aviation Archaeology in Belgium. Very interesting site. Lots happening over there.

WWII airplane wrecks in northern area of Finland and Norway. Well preserved crashes!

Aviation Archaeology in France. The English version of the site is not up yet, but it is worth the visit just for the pictures.

Aviation Archaeology in Australia. Find out what is happening in the land down under.

Military aircraft crashes in Queensland During World War II Very intersting site!

Aviation Archeology in the South Pacific. The Pacific Wreck Database. Very interesting. The most recent survey on the Pacific Islands

B-17 Crash in WY Well researched book by Scott Madsen on a WWII B-17 crash in Wyoming on Bomber Mountain.

B-52 crash site in Maine.

1921 crash of a Martin MB-2 Bomber in West Virginia.

Personal Story of Harvey.Olander, who was in Air Transport Command during WWII. He was on a crew which recovered and repaired wrecks in Africa.

Halifax Bomber recoveries. Very interesting!

H-Bomb impact site! Search for a broken arrow.


USAAF/ USAF Serial Numbers. Excellent list off all serial numbers and what type of aircraft they belong to. Individual history on some aircraft.

USN Bu numbers. Excellent list off all Bu. numbers and what type of aircraft they belong to. Individual history on some aircraft.

Joseph Baugher's Aircraft Summaries. Very detailed history on many different types of US military aircraft.

SA-16/ HU-16 Albatross web site. Lots of information on the Albatross! a website that is concerned with fuselage letter codes utilized on USAAF training aircraft of World War II.

The grids used on the European Theatre of Operations WWII ETO British Grid Coordinate system explained and a conversion program to convert the coordinates given in WWII reports to latitude longitude.


Professional Research Services

Professional WW2 and Korean War Casualty Search Professional World War 2 and Korean War Casualty Search will perform a full search of military records on any U.S. armed forces veteran from the Army, Air Corps, Navy or USMC who were World War 2 or Korean War casualties including killed, Missing in Action (MIA), or Prisoner of War (POW).

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