B-24 Archaeology

B-24 Archaeology B-24 Archaeology is dedicated to the preservation of history through the “Surviving-24’s” and

Operating as usual

05/28/2021
05/27/2021
05/26/2021
05/25/2021
Photos from B-17 Archaeology's post
05/09/2021

Photos from B-17 Archaeology's post

04/13/2021
Next stop Pima and the first filming of “Surviving B-24’s”
03/05/2021

Next stop Pima and the first filming of “Surviving B-24’s”

HONORING COLONEL EARL T. WILLIAMS
12/07/2020
HONORING COLONEL EARL T. WILLIAMS

HONORING COLONEL EARL T. WILLIAMS

Almost 79 years to the day, Col. Earl T. Williams (ret.) finally received his Purple Heart he earned on December 7th 1941. There is nothing B-17 Archaeology ...

11/25/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

Thank you Las Vegas Scuba.
(DJ, Tera and Josh)
#lvscuba

11/22/2020
B-17 Archaeology

Don’t worry, a B-24 is coming in 2021

Team Shine is back at March Field Air Museum.

B-17 Archaeology
11/13/2020

B-17 Archaeology

Today I have the distinct honor to announce just a month shy of 79 years, my very good friend Col. Earl T. Williams has OFFICIALLY been awarded the Purple Heart for his wounds he sustained on December 7, 1941 as his B-17 was on approach to HickamField just minutes after the initial attack on Pearl Harbor. B-17C 40-2074 has the distinction of being the first US piloted military plane to be shot down in WWII. Earl was a mechanic as the plan was being ferried to the Philippines. Of the nine men crew ever was wounded except the co-pilot, 2nd Lt. Reid. Because Earl was treated and left without a medical record the USAF denied him his Purple Heart. Earl tried for 20 years and was denied every time.
I met Earl 6 years ago while interviewing him I learned he never received his medal. I promised Earl I would get him his medal. I contacted Congressmen, Senators, Generals and the list goes on.
I made daily calls and emails. I received a call one day telling me I am stirring up a bees nest and to keep doing what I am doing. Finally on Earl’s 101st Birthday I received a phone call informing me Col. Williams (ret.) has been recommended for the Purple Heart. Earl, Terry, his nephew and I shared the news with tears of joy and a thank you from Earl. Then COVID-19 hit and the final decision was delayed. Earl made is final Mission on July 9,2020 before I could have the medal pinned to his chest. But he passed knowing he has received the Purple Heart and the promise I made to him was met.
On Veterans Day 2020 I received the OFFICIAL letter that Col. Williams military record has been corrected to reflect his much delayed accommodation he earned nearly 79 years ago to the day.
A ceremony is being planned for December 7th 2020 to be held at March Field Air Museum in Riverside, Ca.
It will be on Facebook live.
Earl was stationed at March Field I. 1940 and 1941 prior to his historical flight into history on the infamous day.

11/07/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

Episode 3 is now on DVD. I have a special offer for you. Today through Veterans Day.
All 3 episodes for $40 and I will cover shipping in the states.

B-17 Archaeology
11/07/2020

B-17 Archaeology

The trifecta of “Surviving B-17’s”.
All 3 episodes for $40.00 and I will cover shipping in the states.

B-17 Archaeology
10/30/2020

B-17 Archaeology

It is with great honor that B-17 Archaeology and March Field Air Museum once again have teamed up to preserve history.
Relics from my personal collection are on display in the new observation exhibit.
These two B-17 relics were part of 2 different missions that resulted in more B-17’s lost then on “Black Thursday” and the only P-51 pilot to be awarded the MOH.
“So Many Missions, So Many Airmen, So Many Stories To Be Told”.

B-29 Archaeology
10/21/2020

B-29 Archaeology

B-29 Archaeology and Las Vegas Scuba are teaming up for “Surviving B-29’s” 2nd episode

March Field Air Museum
10/12/2020

March Field Air Museum

A huge March Field Air Museum thank you to Joe and all the Team Shine guys for all the hard work and dedication in restoring the finish on our B-29 Superfortress.

The work they have done is beautiful! Flagship 500 is well on her way to looking exactly as she did in 1945 when she was dedicated to the 4th Marine Division. You have honored the memory of the brave Marines of the 4th and the gallant B-29 crews who fought the campaign in the Pacific.

A special note to Greg of B-17 Archeology: your help on this project, like so many others, was indispensable. Without your remarkable coordination and fund raising talents none of this could have happened...and you built the shower!

Thank you all!

B-17 Archaeology
10/12/2020

B-17 Archaeology

A great team and great friends

10/11/2020
March Field Air Museum

March Field Air Museum

The Great American Heroes from Team Shine have completed six days of polishing on B-29 Superfortress Flagship 500. The fight to preserve American history goes on, and thanks to Team Shine, we are winning!

B-17 Archaeology
10/10/2020

B-17 Archaeology

Breakfast is served. Thank you Angelo’s from all of Team Shine.

10/10/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

Follow up to the 5th night. It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt, then it’s hilarious.

10/10/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

I think they pushed a little to hard here on the 5th night.

B-17 Archaeology
10/09/2020

B-17 Archaeology

Dinner is over and Team Shine is back at it.

10/08/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

Good morning, it’s day 4 out here at March Fueld Air Museum and Team Shine was outbhere last night until 10 as I was watching them the entire time.

10/08/2020
B-29 Archaeology

B-29 Archaeology

What can I say, Team Shine are animals

10/07/2020
B-17 Archaeology

B-17 Archaeology

Sunbelt Rentals is giving Team Shine a shine with 2 lights to work by night.

B-17 Archaeology
10/05/2020

B-17 Archaeology

Thank you Smitty’s for helping us preserve history.

B-17 Archaeology
10/02/2020

B-17 Archaeology

Chick-Fil-a has rounded out our week and will be bringing lunch to Team Shine one week from today. Thank you for helping us preserve history.and yes I am wearing PINK in support of breast cancer month.

Joy Ride With The M2 Cletrac
10/02/2020
Joy Ride With The M2 Cletrac

Joy Ride With The M2 Cletrac

Watch along as I go for a ride with one of the few remaining Cletracs that still drive! We are still looking for a generator to complete our Cletrac, so if y...

09/28/2020

Thank you for supporting the preservation. Danny of “The Pizza Place” and the 163rd Attack Wing “Drones” are taking care of 2 of the 5 days.

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Seeking info as to if this emblem design was ever used by the B-24 unit 468th Bombardment Squadron, or just a "Fantasy" patch, if you know of it actually being used Please post, Much Thanks :)
Carpetbagger- B24 Missions from Harrington USAAF Station 179- 801/492nd BG- OSS. Can you help Harrington Aviation Museum with their search for lost historical film archive? From Clive Bassett-Harrington Aviation Museum- "Carpetbaggers Museum"- 801/492 Bomb Group- OSS "Office Of Strategic Services." :- Made by the OSS Film Photographic Unit, superb history and footage of a typical mission carried out by the 801st/492nd Bombardment Group "The Carpetbaggers". This is a small part of some 3 hours of film taken around July 1944. The original film(s) were edited by Major Bob Stroud, who I met at the first UK reunion of the Carpetbagger Group in September 1987 and the dedication of their Memorial at the Airfield site. Following his wartime service, liaison between RAF Harrington and "Area H", Holmewood Hall, Stroud joined the Central Intelligence Agency, the CIA. He was tasked to edit the 3 hours of film to make short training footage for the CIA and the result is this film "Operation Carpetbagger", the remainder finished up on the cutting room floor. It was not declassified until the late 1970's. Over the years many of us have tried to find the complete footage, including my spending 2 days at the American National Archives. There were thousands of films that were either untitled, or poorly described. Needless to say, without success. It is possible that the CIA still have the original film, it is believed to still exist, but where? So why is this so important, the answers are as follows. The film covers operations and missions in far more scale at RAF Harrington, the same for "Area H" Holmewood Hall and in the context of our group, extensive film footage taken at ME 65 Milton Hall of the Jedburghs. I would like to invite our American friends to take up the baton and investigate further. If you are able to help- please contact us, or Clive Bassett at Harrington Aviation Museum- www.facebook.com/HarringtonAviationMuseum
With B-24 propeller at Death Valley, California. On August 1, 1944, two B-24 airplanes collided over Death Valley, killing 17 crewmembers aboard both airplanes. One crewmember parachuted to safety.
Just admiring one of my favorite war birds, that was unappreciated for its service in WW II. It is way cooler that than the B-17, IMHO!