HellCat Crash Stie - Exploring WWII Crashes

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by 650x, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. 650x

    650x Long timer

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    Last week we found a B-17 crash site. This week we look for the crash site of a HellCat fighter plane. We leave Pendleton.

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    Wheat harvest is in full swing and there is lots of wheat waiting to be sold.

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    Pass through the wheat fields

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    Pass through Weston on the way to the "old" Tollgate Highway

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    Take this road

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    First couple of miles are paved

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    Quick stop at Jubilee Lake

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    After leaving Jubilee Lake, we ride for many miles and end up in Dayton WA. Some where in between we stop and take a little hike. Get a couple of pictures for LadyBug

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    Trail is a little more than we wanted to ride the wees on, so we walk.

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    After a little looking around, find the first sign of what we are looking for. Wreckage from a HellCat fighter that was flying out of Pasco WA during WWII.

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    Knew it was going to be hard to find and due to the very steep terrain and lots of brush, was not sure how much it would be possible to find.

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    Katy brought along a small flag to leave at the crash site. Since I was not sure if any more wreckage was going to be found, I left the flag here.

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    While hiking back towards the trail, realized that there was small bit s of the plane all over if you just looked around carefully.

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    Found some larger pieces

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    Knew there was suppose to be a large piece of wing. Think I found it.

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    Never find the engine, but as steep as it is, there is a good chance it rolled down the hill a good ways. Crawl (to steep to walk) back up to the trail and back to the wees.

    Some more pictures of the road between Jubilee Lake and Dayton in no particular order. The road starts out gravel and then turns into sections of either very rocky or very rutted.

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    Heart shaped rock. :crash

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    A little steep and rocky on the lookout road.

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    Ride through the wheat harvest on the way home.

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    Good day or riding and exploring. :clap:clap
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  2. IdahoRenegade

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    I'd be so into these rides. I'm a big warbird fan, really enjoyed your Flying Fortress ride report. The CAF just had a B-17 into Coeur d'Alene airport a couple weeks ago, I went through her. Amazing piece of equipment, and amazing men who flew them.
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  3. richard.bessey

    richard.bessey Hard Rider

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    Glad you found the hell cat wreck!

    The wing you pictured laying on the ground, it was leaning up against a tree last time I was up there. Looks like the tree finally fell down.

    You take those Wee's way farther then I would dare, have you dumped them yet?
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  4. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    I did memorial day weekend:

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  5. liv2rydktms

    liv2rydktms Long timer

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    You can ride your MC to an intersection and then it's a short hike! We saw it a few years ago! :wink:

    http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/B23np.htm

    http://www.secesh.net/B23.htm
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  6. IdahoRenegade

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    Hell of a Farkel dude. I hope you're recovering quickly.

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  7. kwisn

    kwisn One Happy Dog

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    Nice! Thanks for sharing. :clap :clap :clap

    And it's "Dudette".
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  8. IdahoRenegade

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    Opps, sorry.

    BTW, chicks with scars are cool! :)
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  9. guns_equal_freedom

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    Thanks for leaving that American Flag at the crash site. :clap
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  10. gunnerbuck

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    Thanks for posting, I find these sites fascinating and sad at the same time because of the lives lost and the heartache you know the victims loved ones suffered... We have lots of crash sites up on the Canadian side as well... Many are very difficult to get into because of the remote rugged areas where they occurred... We have been into several, this is a link to the last one:http://www.dualsportbc.com/forums/showthread.php?6682-Ride-amp-Hike-to-a-plane-crash..
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  11. liv2rydktms

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    I recently discovered some vintage photos of the area online, hope you like them as much as I do! :clap

    Table rock lookout 1930

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    September, 17 1950. Kendall Skyline Road Dedication. Supervisor Carl Ewing presenting Mrs. Kendall with flag flown at dedication.

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    Kendall Skyline road was named honoring Mr. William Kendal who was a District Ranger prior to the 1920's. Kendall was instrumental in the conception and development of the road. The first few miles were built with private funds during WW1, however the majority of the road was built with federal funds that included countless hours of work performed by CCC crews. :deal
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  12. MortimerSickle

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    She is in therapy, so should be recovered soon. :D...





    Katy's idea of therapy:

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  13. Ladybug0048

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    Great ride report. You two sure do some fun things. That was terrific of you to take a flag up there to place it at the crash site.

    I like the historic pictures you posted too.

    Thanks for taking the time to share.
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  14. oregoncoast

    oregoncoast Racing Like a Noob

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    This! :D
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  15. liv2rydktms

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    Believe it or not I am taking it pretty easy; although these types of statements are usually relative. I'm not setting a blistering pace and Alan has seen fear in my eyes recently, in fact he told me to "get my feet on the pegs and let the bike go it's to big to try to manhandle!" Exactly what I needed since in my mind I was telling myself the same thing, but fear had taken over my body! :eek1
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  16. liv2rydktms

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    And hello to both of you as well! :wave
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  17. Rainbow007

    Rainbow007 Boldly going Nowhere

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    Awesome Ride Report. I have been to Jubilee lake except it was snow covered:D Enjoyed the history report also:clap
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  18. MortimerSickle

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    Yeah, just before I got to the second part of that sentence, I was about to say: "Easy by your standards, maybe." :D



    Go, Katy. :ricky
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  19. YamWOW!

    YamWOW! Been here awhile

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    Good report. I like the old pictures. I will have to find the plane next time.:clap
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