Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West



On 11/28/08 Joel Bishop located part of the wreckage of a Canadian Car & Foundry built Curtiss Helldiver in Goose Lake in Modoc County California. Joel had researched this and other military losses in the area, and thanks to a receding water level he was able to locate part of the starboard wing, including part of the landing gear and dive brakes.

First set of photos courtesy of Joel Bishop

This particular aircraft is SBW-4E Bu No 21710 assigned to VB-5 that crashed on 6/19/45 while on a training flight from Klamath Falls, Ore. Sadly, both crewmen were killed during dive bombing practice at the lake.





  The Photos below by Randy Lawson with special thanks to Bob Suacci. 



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