'746 warming up in Sandspit just before her last flight (1952 photo courtesy Charles Hartke)
In January of 1952, a search-and-rescue B-17 crashed deep in the rugged terrain of Washington State's Olympic Peninsula. Five of the 8 crewmembers survived the harrowing descent down a mountainside.
This site details the history surrounding the crash of SB-17 44-85746.
Wherever possible, the story is told in the words of the survivors themselves.
(Piece of cockpit area with aircraft number barely visible, circa 1999)
For more images, head to "Recon Gallery"
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NOTE: ALL ORIGINAL TEXT AND IMAGERY ON THIS SITE IS
None of the original material may be reproduced without my express permission, except as desired by the crash survivors and their families (who have free, non-exclusive rights to the material). Other material (newspaper accounts, crash reports, etc) is protected by the appropriate copyright laws.
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I would like to acknowledge the help of many people who helped make this site possible, including the survivors and their families.
Web author and primary researcher: Mike Morrow
Last updated: January, 2002 (50th aniversary update)