Thanks to leads from visitors to this web site and some lucky breaks in research, I have been able to solve the following "mystery wrecks". Click on the links to read the full stories.
The Spruce Mountain Mystery Wreckage- "The Crash that Never Existed"- Supposedly spotted buring the search for an RCAF Avro Anson thet crashed near Katahdin Iron Works in August 1942, this was thought by some researchers to be a suspect for the White Bird. Several expeditions were mounted in the 1990s to look for the wreckage and check out anomolies spotted on aerial photographs. The story grew with each telling in the aviation history community until it became a "weathered white aircraft wreckage" mentioned in a documentary about the White Bird mystery. This finally motivated me to dig into the archives and find out exactly what the USAAF searchers DID find on Spruce Mountain.   READ ABOUT IT HERE.
The Depot Lake Mystery Bomber- "One Mystery is Solved, Another Opened"- Several pilots have reported seeing this wreckage over the years. Research indicated that it may have been near Little East Lake, not Depot. The break to solving this mystery came from a web site visitor who recalled a chance meeting with a WW II RCAF veteran years before. This took my investigation in a whole new direction and ultimately lead to a gut wrenching story of a young aircrew bailing out of a stricken bomber and struggling to survive along the Maine Quebec border, then two governments that misreported the actual location of the crash site to aviod the impression that the RCAF had violated U.S. neutrality by flying combat missions in Maine air space. The solution to this mystery has open an investigation into a second- Who was the first military airman to die in the State of Maine?   READ ABOUT IT HERE.
The Spednic Lake Mystery Wreckage- "Navy Plane that Crashed About 1950??"- During a search for a lost hunter near Forest City in 1960, a plane wreckage was reportedly located. This was reported at the time as a "Navy plane that crashed about 10 years ago". This set of a massive research project within the Maine Aviation Historical Society to identify and then locate the wreck. I picked up the trail in 1999. After years of research and many possible theories about what this wreck might be, I literally stumbled into the truth. There is a wreckage out there, it just isn't what we expected! READ ABOUT IT HERE
The Mud Pond Crash Site- "Not a Military Aircraft, but Still an Interesting Story About Early Canadian Air Mail Service Across Maine"- A chance encounter with a local hunter at the annual Greenville Seaplane Fly-In some years ago triggered this research project into a possible "RCAF Mail Plane" crash site. Again, a lucky break from a visitor to this web site makes this a "case closed" as well as a very interesting story! READ ABOUT IT HERE