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The aircraft was taking part in cold weather maneuvers and was returning to home base.
The aircrew abandoned the aircraft when severe icing plus an engine fire endangered the crew. This was the second recorded B-36 crash in the history of the 7th Bomb Group.
The accident was covered by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Even if the majority of the wreck was recovered by the Air Force, one of the tenets of wreck-chasing is that there is always something left after the recovery operation.
Click on the number-one propellor and then follow the "Notable Mishaps" link. They then demolished what wreckage was not buried by snow with explosives.
Click on the number-one propellor and then follow the "Notable Mishaps" link.
A helicopter pilot that works in the area and has visited the site provided the following information: The wreck was found last year only 20 miles from the camp where I work every summer. The planned 30-hour training mission consisted of air-to-air gunnery, bombing, simulated radar bombing, and navigational training. The charger for the right gun burned out, so he expended just half of his ammunition. Oliver Hildebrandt noted that the vibration from firing the 20mm cannons increased significantly during the fourth gunnery pass.
Doug Davidge of Environment Canada was among those present.
He provided photographs and reported on the condition of the wreckage: About 40' of aft fuselage and several engines survived demolition (it was probably covered with snow and ice at the time).