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2010/04/03 15:38:39 (permalink)
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Aircraft Accidents in Florida

I recently read
 
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENTS IN FLORIDA
From Pearl Harbor to Hiroshima
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Robert Widner
2008 Robert Widner
www.bwidner1@tampabay.rr.com
 
This book lists over 1,000 warbird accidents that occurred in Florida during the Second World War. 
The hundreds of accident summaries for AAF and USN/USMC aircraft are based on news articles, official records and original research done in the field by Mr. Widner, a Florida Wreck Chaser.  The work includes hundreds of illustrations---maps, photos, satellite photos, letters, news articles, technical data/drawings and even the lyrics and music to the Air Corps Song. 
 
The work includes a listing of WWII airfields in Florida during WWII.  Also included is an index of all news articles concerning WWII warbird crashes in Florida during WWII, including publishing date and the news paper the article appeared in.  Originally published in 2004, the book has been revised at least three times in the last few years (2006, 2007 and 2008).  I have the 2008 version.  The book is full of interesting, almost forgotten WWII airplane stories, including the tragic story of the a Florida family that suffered several dead when they were accidentally bombed by an AAF medium bomber.  Mr. Widner also includes dozens of photographs taken while he and other Florida Wreck Hunters find and document WWII warbird crash sites in the swamps of Florida. 
 
Mr. Widner's hard work and thorough research will ensure that this chapter of Florida's rich aviation heritage is preserved for future generations of aviation enthusiasts.  A unique, one of a kind work--I recommend this book. 
 
TonyM. 
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    Alex Smart
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2010/04/05 10:50:18 (permalink)
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    happy Easter Tony,

    Just a short note to say that the link does not work for me .

    http://www.bwidner1@tampabay.rr.com/

    Interesting book though.

    Alex
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2010/04/05 14:39:52 (permalink)
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    Alex & Tony,

    Try this link to Bob Widner's posting last year.  The link in that post still works.  Or order direct from Bob.  Great book.

    Hal

    http://forum.armyairforce...aspx?m=164993&high
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2013/10/23 12:57:16 (permalink)
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    I am trying to track down some documentation on my father George R. Kinsella during WWII.  He was at Tyndall Field from June 1943 to July 1943 for Aerial Gunnery school.  He always joked about being shot down in Florida, I think he said it was in Apalachicola.  Does this book contain any information on this?  Thanks.
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2013/10/23 13:17:54 (permalink)
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    I don't see anything obvious in the index to Bob Widner's book.  Do you have any additional details?  Type of aircraft?  "Shot down", assume means crashed?  Anyone die?  Can check Tony Mireles' book to see if anything there but he just lists fatal accidents.
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2013/10/23 13:43:39 (permalink)
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    He never mentioned anyone dying, but he did have to bailout.  The only other info I have is that he was at Aerial Gunnery school at Tyndall Field for 6 weeks (June - July 1943) and they were towing targets.  Apalachicola was also mentioned as where this may have happened.  He had washed out of Flight school, and after Gunnery school he went to Selman Field for Navigator training on B-17's.  Why he was in the plane towing the target, or what type of plane this was, I don't know.  I'm not sure what type of plane they would use to tow targets at this type of training.  Thanks.
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2013/10/23 16:46:05 (permalink)
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    Rob,
    Spent an hour or so going through Widner's book but basically came up empty handed.  Found two bail out situations in your time frame in his index but neither matched your situation.  I would try sending a PM to him and also to Tony Mireles asking for their help.  Even though Tony's books only list fatal accidents he has an extensive database of reports and may be able to identify the event you are looking for.
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    Re:Aircraft Accidents in Florida 2013/10/23 18:05:48 (permalink)
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    Hal, thank-you.  I'll will follow up with them.
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