Arrow-right Camera

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Wednesday, November 13, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Fog 34° Fog
News >  Nation/World

Wreckage Of B-24 Found In Amazon

By Compiled From Wire Services

A salvage team has recovered the remains of 10 American aviators from the wreckage of a B-24 bomber that crashed in the Amazon jungle 51 years ago.

The military investigators came upon the fuselage of the B-24 Liberator on July 4 after a 250-mile journey through remote, unexplored jungle in the northern state of Amapa, officials said Thursday.

After 16 days of digging and blasting the swampy soil with high-powered water hoses normally used by wildcat gold prospectors, the searchers recovered bone fragments and 77 teeth.

One investigator recovered a wallet containing family photos. Another pulled several 1944 dollar bills from the earth, said Allegretti.

The Liberator went down in a storm on April 11, 1944, while flying from Trinidad to Belem, a port city at the mouth of the Amazon River on Brazil’s northeastern shoulder.

Subscribe to the Morning Review newsletter

Get the day’s top headlines delivered to your inbox every morning by subscribing to our newsletter.

You have been successfully subscribed!
There was a problem subscribing you to the newsletter. Double check your email and try again, or email webteam@spokesman.com