Hike to World War II history on the slopes of Mt. Waternomee, NH
I hope you enjoy this video. If you’d rather read, below is the transcript from the video and some photographs.
On January 14, 1942, a B-18 Bolo left Westover Air Field, Mass., to scour the Atlantic for Nazi U-boats. The bomber and two of it’s crew members would never return.
After becoming lost in the New England winter weather, the crew crash landed the WWII aircraft on the side of Mt. Waternomee.
The wreckage remains there to this day and is accessible via a 5-mile, round trip hike. Park at Walker Brook Rd., off Rt. 118, which is just a short, five minute drive from North Woodstock, NH.
The hike begins on a gently sloping fire road. Travel along this track for about a mile until it empties into a small field. Take a right here and head into the woods. The trail meanders along a tributary of Walker Brook for about a quarter mile before crossing it and climbing steeply up the slopes of Mt. Waternomee.
After climbing for about a mile, over steep, but not overly-technical trail, you will reach the first of the remains of the B-18 — it’s engines. The rest of the wreckage is scattered across a football field-sized area and a series of small paths take you to different pieces of the plane, including the fuselage, landing gear assemblies and a large portion of the wing with the U.S. Star and Stripes insignia still visible.
Be sure to respect this piece of U.S. Heritage and do not disturb any of the wreckage.
After spending time exploring, make the return trip to the parking lot. Be sure to stop in North Woodstock after your hike. The Woodstock Inn and Brewery has excellent food and brews!
This video is dedicated to the two enlisted Army Air Corps men who lost their lives in this crash:
PVT Ray Lawrence, Worchester, Ma. – Gunner
PVT Noah Phillips, Fayetteville, AR – Bombardier