April 21, 2023
A photo of a crashed plane in The Bahamas. B-25, OTU111 expert Bob Livingston (Aus), said in May 2022: “It appears to be a wooded area just back from the water which suggests to me a take-off accident from Runway 32. Most accident’s locations are found in the splay areas from the upwind threshold – left or right depending on circumstances. If the B-25 lost an engine immediately after take-off it would tend to skid off towards that engine. If you have that information, you can narrow the search area, but from what I can see on Google Earth, all that area (in both splays) is now houses which means the location is now gone.”
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WHETHER planes touched wingtips, men walked into propellers, bombers collided, planes were lost in microbursts, or had training gunnery mishaps, Nassau, Windsor and Oakes air fields and adjacent waters claimed many lives. More than half of all accidents in the colony – 80 of 150 – took place at or near the air fields and New Providence. This article deals with the 55 accidents that happened or ended up on land. In the three years from January 1943 131 aviators and a Bahamian family of three were killed by military aircraft in New Providence and its waters, with 83 rescued, and those fatalities recovered buried on Farrington Road. Pre-existing Oakes Field, used for training, saw nine crashes and most of the 25 unallocated, and Windsor Field, still in use, had 21.