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PostFri Nov 24, 2017 12:58 pm 
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I recently stumbled upon this link, which talks of a Douglas B-18A Bolo that crashed on Mount Constance in September of 1941: https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=76515

The description reads: "Crashed on summit of Mt Constance in the Olympic Mountains. Pilot Edward H. Valorz." There are photos of some debris that is apparently located at the "SW end of N Tunnel Creek Canyon" on the SE slopes of Constance.

I was aware of the crash that occurred up there in 1975, but I'd never heard of this one. Does anyone have any additional information?
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PostSat Nov 25, 2017 1:48 pm 
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As I recall there is discussion on this site. Been a while though.

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PostSat Nov 25, 2017 9:12 pm 
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Do you know of any threads where this particular crash is discussed? I've found plenty on the 1975 crash but none on the 1941 one.
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PostTue Nov 28, 2017 8:07 pm 
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I have a book that describes this crash in detail and shows modern pictures of the crash site. One person I have discussed this crash with is Aviation Archeologist, Cye Laramie. Much of the wreckage is still up on Constance because it is a remote, steep, rocky slope that is covered by snow most of the year. I'll dig my book out if you are further interested in crash site details.
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PostWed Nov 29, 2017 3:25 pm 
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OlympicExplorer, I'm definitely interested. Good to hear that there are more details out there. Thanks!
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PostWed Nov 29, 2017 6:05 pm 
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The crash of the B-18 Bolo happened September 1941. The plane was flying a night-time training mission with the intent to land back at it's home base, McChord. Somehow navigational instructions were mistaken and the plane over-shot the Tacoma/Seattle area, leading the crew of the B-18 into Mount Constance. A military search effort went into affect for several weeks after the crash. Finally, after some time a military search aircraft spotted the wreckage on Mt. Constance and reported it. Soon after the U.S. Forest Service got involved with reaching the crash site by foot, via nearby Quilcene.
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