Jimmy Camp B-24
|Jimmy Camp B-24
|El Paso County CO.
Sept 14, 1944
Aircraft B-24J s/n 42-73359
|B-24 in flight
The wreck cause: Midair collision with another B-24J in formation (serial not given in the report) followed by stall in formation turbulence and spun to the ground Some witnesses claim the plane exploded before impact. From report photos it appears to have crashed inverted.
Casualties: Pilot: 2nd Lt. Wilbur H. Steinkamp
Co-pilot: 2nd Lt. Harold R. Shaffer
Navigator: 2nd Lt. William A. Price
Bombardier:Flight Officer Dewayne N. Eyler
Engineer: Cpl. Francis E. Gaffey
Radioman: Cpl. Carl W. Vest
Gunner: Cpl. Dwight F. Marouiss
Gunner: Pfc. Pedro (NMI) Morales
Gunner: Pfc. Paul E. Weisman
Site Description:. On the east-facing edge of the bluff overlooking Jimmy Camp Creek. Parts are scattered from the very edge downhill for 1/8 mile. The vast majority of the wreckage has been removed and only small parts remain. Colorado Aviation Historical Society spent many trips over 4 years surveying and recovering remaining debris for the City of Colorado Springs. The property is presently owned by the City of Colorado Springs but access is across private land - hence no coordinates are given here.
Len Wallace had surveyed this site for the City at least 10 years ago. At that time it was a "third generation" cleanup and a few things like cylinder parts were piled up. The parts piles were removed sometime before the CAHS survey and cleanup.
Member Larry Liebrecht attempted to use GeoEye imaging to locate wreckage evidence from space. We were surveying the site in a professional manner including string gridding and plotting debris.
Larry wanted to try another approach.
Here is his report - Larry's Report (Microsoft Word .doc file)
Best route - No comment. Have to cross private land for access.
Pictures here: (apologies for semi-random sizing)
|More working conditions.
Chair is for recorder/note taker
|Debris field flags
|Larry L. with aluminum chips
|Pull the Dot snap
|Handle - window? seat adjuster?
|Fuel transfer valve
|Adjuster - camera mount adjust?
|Small shaft gears
Last Modified: 4/8/2014