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"The Unloved, Forgotten Bolo Bomber" Topic

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP04 Nov 2017 10:17 p.m. PST

"The rescue team slashed through eight miles of marshy thicket on their way to the crash site. Two days before on Feb. 15, 1941, the USAAF B-18 Bolo bomber serial number 36-446 carrying five crew and two passengers suffered a left-engine failure and went down in thick clouds into the remote, mountainous jungle on Hawaii's Big Island.

Thankfully, all seven men survived. The U.S. military located them and dropped supplies before the rescue party hacked their way to the wreckage. One passenger was injured, and all made it out of the jungle the next day…."


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Major Mike05 Nov 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

There is a partially restored one on display at a museum in the Denver area.

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Nov 2017 10:24 a.m. PST

Much loved, not forgotten… :)


Oberlindes Sol LIC05 Nov 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

Wow. A WW2 plane that I have never heard of!

Personal logo Virtualscratchbuilder Supporting Member of TMP Fezian05 Nov 2017 11:58 a.m. PST

A number were destroyed on the ground at Pearl Harbor, and in the Philippines in the first days of the Pacific war.

KSmyth05 Nov 2017 1:11 p.m. PST

The McChord Air Museum out side Tacoma has a B-18 and an even rarer B-23 Dragon. Very cool planes.

Both types were also based at McChord just before the outbreak of WWII

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2017 3:07 p.m. PST

Glad you like it my friend!. (smile)


Major Mike05 Nov 2017 5:49 p.m. PST

There is one also at the USAF Museum in Dayton


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