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at least five B-25s crashed into Lake Murray, South Carolina, three were immediately salvaged, and at least one remained abandoned at the bottom of Lake Murray until 2005

December 27th, 2017 by admin

After the Doolittle Raiders group went off to California for the mission to Japan, other pilots continued to train over Lake Murray for practice bombing runs on Doolittle Island.

Records indicate that at least five B-25s crashed into the lake, three were immediately salvaged, and on April 4, 1943, a B-25 was on a skip-bombing mission over the lake’s island targets when:

Second Lieut. William Fallon had engines “pulled” on him many times as part of his rigorous flight training. The U.S. Army Air Corps went to great lengths preparing their pilots to fly the multi-engine aircraft that made up the wartime inventory. The training consisted of simulated engine failure immediately after take-off, on short final to landing and in cruise flight at comfortable altitudes. On Sunday, April 4th, 1943, this training would pay off for Lt. Fallon and his four crewmates as they practiced low-level bombing runs over Lake Murray, South Carolina.

Earlier in the morning the crew departed nearby Columbia Army Air Base and proceeded 12 miles northwest to the big man-made lake which had become a designated training area for flight crews all around the southeast region. The locals were accustomed to hearing the low-pitched rumble of the Cylones and Wasps growling about the lake. They never tired or complained of seeing them and actually enjoyed watching them as they soared and wheeled.

Lexington resident Bryce Lever and a friend were fishing from the bank of the lake that morning at the same time that the late Mrs. Katherine Townsend Tapp was walking along the shore with a friend. That’s when things began to get exciting for Lt. Fallon. Around 10:45 that morning, the crew had just finished a bombing run when the left engine of their B-25 began to fail. Unable to determine the cause he quickly ordered his co-pilot to “feather number one” while bringing the power up on number two. As he concentrated on flying the airplane, his instincts already had him slowly turning the now crippled bomber southeast towards the air base. Due to their low altitude and inability to climb he quickly consulted with his co-pilot and his bombardier as to what their best course of action should be.

The bombardier, Second Lt. Henry Mascall, convinced Fallon that a water landing was the best thing to do since loosing the good right engine at that low altitude could mean real trouble. Fallon concurred and with very little time ordered the crew to prepare as he pointed the nose of the ship into the last known wind direction. Both he and his co-pilot stood on the right rudder to counter the yaw from the healthy right engine but the big Mitchell was slowly descending, even with full power on the right side. The altimeter eased down as Fallon kept wings level until they were just feet above the surface. Back – pressure on the yoke raised the nose into a tail-down flair for landing position-just as he would on dry land. As the aft fuselage began to skip across the water, the ensuing drag suddenly pitched the nose of the bomber down, smashing into the surface.

Several plexiglass panels in the nose burst from the impact with the lake water. At the same time the right propeller struck the water with all of its torque, causing the motor to rip away from the mount and skip across the water. The aircraft quickly came to a halt and bobbed around while Mascall released the life raft. All crewmembers were safe and exited the aircraft out onto the wing where they clambered aboard the raft and paddled away.

The same day, another B-25 had ditched in the lake with all crewmembers safely rescued as well. Since it went down in only 50 feet of water it was later salvaged, but the Army quickly determined that Fallon’s ship was too far down and abandoned any salvage efforts. Soon, the war would be over, Columbia Army Air Base was turned over to Lexington County to serve as a civilian airfield and B-25C serial number 41-12634 settled in for a sixty-year long nap nestled safely in the dark, cold bosom of Lake Murray.


Greenville resident Dr. Bob Seigler had researched the plane since 1989. In 1992, he was working with the US Naval Reserve Sonar Unit when they located the exact position. With help from his

beware the jealous ex husband of your new girlfriend.

December 26th, 2017 by admin

Yep, he destroyed both ends.

He lined up on the Mach 1 with his F150, punched it, then went around to cave in the nose.

So.. if you have a cool car, have great insurance, and beware assholes.

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beware the jealous ex husband of your new girlfriend.

sometimes the brakes fail, and then you better have a damn backup plan, or the track better have a damn net! If neither exist, don’t risk your ride

November 30th, 2017 by admin

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sometimes the brakes fail, and then you better have a damn backup plan, or the track better have a damn net! If neither exist, don’t risk your ride

someone get a can opener! Stat!

November 19th, 2017 by admin

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someone get a can opener! Stat!

20 minute video on complete body repair job on a BMW 7 series … this guy makes it look easy. Simply stunning to see this wreck return to looking great

November 17th, 2017 by admin

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20 minute video on complete body repair job on a BMW 7 series … this guy makes it look easy. Simply stunning to see this wreck return to looking great

uh oh. Insurance company wasn’t happy to learn about this

August 17th, 2017 by admin

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uh oh. Insurance company wasn’t happy to learn about this

A bus in Brazil on a routine journey split in half leaving passengers clambering for the exit

July 17th, 2017 by admin

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A bus in Brazil on a routine journey split in half leaving passengers clambering for the exit

biker pissed off at car, kicks it, and though causing a chain reaction that crashes 2 vehicles, rides off and ignores flipped over truck . Damn, that’s cold.

June 23rd, 2017 by admin

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biker pissed off at car, kicks it, and though causing a chain reaction that crashes 2 vehicles, rides off and ignores flipped over truck . Damn, that’s cold.

who is to blame? Drivers for unsafe speeds on slushy roads? Or telecom workers on the far side of a hill….? OR the maniac filming this instead of getting to the other side and slowing people down, warning them, and calling cops (which did happen, they took 30 minutes to arrive) to get involved to prevent more collisions?

December 18th, 2016 by admin

This has to be the most bonkers thing I’ve seen all week. All these locals OUGHT to know how dangerous it is to drive on this road, with slush on it.

But the situation is a danger magnet, and people in the ditch create looky loos, who either slow down to watch the people in the ditch or stop paying attention to the slower traffic ahead of them (truck at the end of the video) and run into others.

But the telecom workers ought to be freaked out by the number of people going off the road. They should NOT continue to be a part of the problem, and ought to get traffic control in place.

You decide… let me know in the comments if the telecom are at fault, or not. Anything you want to say after that is totally cool… but please start with “…. is to blame” or “…. is at fault, or not at fault.”

I’d like to tally the score on this one

side effect of prohibition, a borrowed Stutz touring car with a bootlegger driver, July 1924

August 26th, 2016 by admin

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side effect of prohibition, a borrowed Stutz touring car with a bootlegger driver, July 1924