OA-10 (Catalina) 44-34036 crash on New Mexico lava field
Noticing the OA-10 (PBY) Catalina had one gear up and one gear down, a passing P-51 circled the Catalina and contacted the aircraft. According to the Army Air Forces mishap report, the OA-10 reported everything was under control. The P-51 pilot also noticed smoke from the #1 engine and contacted the OA-10. Again, the OA-10 reported everything was under control. A short time later, the OA-10 crashed killing all seven men onboard.
1st Lt. Wilson H. Parker
1st Lt. William T. Bartlett
1st Lt. James J. Garland
Sgt. Irwin S. Marcus
Sgt. Robert L Crook
Sgt. Harold Post
Sgt. John M. Jackson
Remains of the tail section
One of the main landing gears.
Examining one of the drop tanks at the crash site.
(U.S. Air Force photo) -- Consolidated OA-10 Catalina at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Challenging hike over lava to get to the crash site. Good place to test out your boots, or tear them up.
Nose gear and other debris at the crash site.
"28" Really hard to see, but 28 is the manufacturer prefix for an OA-10 (PBY) Catalina.
Portion of the wing (upside down).
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