In the early morning hours of
December 6, 1943 a B-24 Liberator bomber and its crew of six were lost
between Tucson, Arizona and its base at Hammer Field in Fresno,
Later that morning, a squadron of ten B-24s left Hammer Field to find the missing plane and crew. Fifteen minutes after taking off, the last plane in this formation developed trouble and began to fall from the sky.
Only two of the crew of eight managed to bail out before this second plane sank from sight into Huntington Lake reservoir. It wasn't found until 1955 when the reservoir was drained so repairs could be made to the dam.
The first plane was discovered by two US Geological Survey researchers and a National Park Service ranger in 1960 in a lake at 12,255 feet in the High Sierra of Kings Canyon National Park.
Beneath Haunted Waters is the story of the two airplanes, the crews, and generations of people who would not let this story die.
Hester Lake & Huntington Lake Photographs/Video
Contact Peter Stekel
Copyright by Peter Stekel 2012 All Rights Reserved