Navy PBY-5A Aircraft Crash Site Memorial

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Navy PBY-5A Aircraft Crash Site Memorial

Brookings, Curry County, Oregon, USA Add to Map
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On January 31, 1945, a Navy PBY aircraft on route from San Diego to Seattle crashed due to bad weather. There were no survivors. Due to the extremely rough terrain, the bodies of the crewmen were interred at the crash site. A monument was later added. The site is referred to as the Navy Monument Trail, and is within the Kalmiopsis Wilderness Area. This steep trail follows the old bulldozer path to the wreckage. Parts of the plane can still be seen as well as the monument dedicated to the men that died in the crash. The site is located near the south fork of the Chetco River.

This trail is located in the Biscuit Fire area that burned during 2002. Although Forest Service trail crews have been repairing and maintaining many of the affected trails since the Biscuit Fire, visitors should take into consideration (because of the substantially increased risk of fire-killed snags falling) that travel and camping may be more difficult and require greater concern for safety.

Many thanks to the volunteers who built the monument as well as those who assist in its ongoing maintenance.


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  • Added: 22 Mar 2016
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2607619