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ATTU, POST-WWII PHOTOS, PAGE 1

Last updated: 11/19/2016  10:06
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Attu, 1993: View from the Coast Guard Station looking towards the Marine Area.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: View from the Coast Guard Station looking towards the Marine Area.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: View from the Coast Guard Station looking towards the Marine Area.  [Pete Wolfe]
#1. This 1993 photo is a view from the Coast Guard Station looking towards the Marine area. (Photo by Pete Wolfe, provided by R. Thibault)
Attu, 1993: Tank refueling.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: Tank refueling.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: Tank refueling.  [Pete Wolfe]
#2. A view of tank refueling, Attu, 1993. (Photo by Pete Wolfe, provided by R. Thibault)
#3. Attu 1993: The business end of the remains of a WWII P- 38, tail number 13400, on Attu, just east of the Temnac River, about 1 mile inland. Coordinates 4G. It was January, 1945, when 2nd Lt. Robert L. Nesmith took off from Attu's Alexai Point Army Airfield as the third man in a four-ship formation of P-38s. He was flying P-38 tail number 13400. They were flying a low-level across Attu when Lt. Nesmith got a little too close to the ground. From his cockpit he could see the grains in the snow on the ground. (Photo by Pete Wolfe, provided by R. Thibault)
Attu, 1993: Remains of P-38 Tail Number 13400.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: Remains of P-38 Tail Number 13400.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, 1993: Remains of P-38 Tail Number 13400.  [Pete Wolfe] Attu, P-38 crash site.  [Philip Nell] Attu, P-38 crash site.  [Philip Nell] Attu, P-38 crash site.  [Philip Nell]
#4. Attu, 1996: While working for the United States Coast Guard last summer, I was sent to the USCG LORAN-C station on Attu Island, Alaska. On one of my days off, I hiked about 8 miles to the West of the Station to a P-38 crash site.  Coordinates 4G. If you follow the river that starts in the bay that almost reaches north to the 4G square about 2 miles inland towards the northwest, the P-38 is located a couple hundred yards north of the river. (eMail Philip Nell)
Attu; P-38 crash site. Aircraft intact, guns have been removed.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 crash site. Aircraft intact, guns have been removed.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 crash site. Aircraft intact, guns have been removed.  [Philip Nell]
#5. Attu 1996:The plane is fairly intact, but the guns have been removed. Coordinates 4G. (Philip Nell)
Attu; P-38 Crash Site.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site.  [Philip Nell]
#6. Attu 1996: I believe the crash occurred after the war, when the pilot flew up the wrong valley with low ceilings (unverified rumor). Coordinates 4G. (Philip Nell)
Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Wingtips and props have been removed.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Wingtips and props have been removed.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Wingtips and props have been removed.  [Philip Nell]
#7. Attu 1996: The wingtips (outboard of the engines) and props have been removed. Coordinates 4G. (Philip Nell)
Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Objects removed from both booms, just aft of the superchargers.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Objects removed from both booms, just aft of the superchargers.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. Objects removed from both booms, just aft of the superchargers.  [Philip Nell]
#8. Attu 1996: It appears that something has been removed from both booms just aft of the superchargers. Coordinates 4G. (Philip Nell)
Attu; P-38 Crash Site. The Cockpit has been stripped of instruments.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. The Cockpit has been stripped of instruments.  [Philip Nell] Attu; P-38 Crash Site. The Cockpit has been stripped of instruments.  [Philip Nell]
#9.  Attu 1996: The cockpit has been stripped of instruments. Coordinates 4G.  (Philip Nell]
#10. Attu 1996: This P-38 has "13400" in 5-inch high yellow numbers on the vertical stabilizers. If you have more information on this crash, I would love to hear it! I doubt the plane could be removed as most of Attu is a national monument. I have a few photos and am willing to answer questions. Coordinates 4G. eMail: Philip Nell
RECOVERY, JUNE 1999
Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith] Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith] Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith] Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith] Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith] Restored P-38 on static display in front of 3rd Wing HQ, JBER, AK.  [George L. Smith]
Attu’s Recovered P-38G 3rd Wing HQ, Elmendorf AFB, AK (George L. Smith)