Hiking Oahu--Aiea Loop 1944 Plane Crash

September 11, 2014  •  2 Comments

Today was my 4th time on the Aiea Loop Trail.  The purpose of this trip, outside of the usual beauty of the trail and views, was to find some old plane wreckage from 1944.

Thanks to Ethan and Kenji Saito for either info or pointing me in the direction of info on the plane wreckage.  

I've learned the plane in question is a B24 bomber that took off from Hickam AFB, heading to Australia on May 5, 1944.  The plane crashed just 6 miles after take off into the Puu Pau Ridge, immediately catching fire, killing all 10 of the crew.  More info on the plane and crew can be found here.

I'm not actually certain of the parts I was seeing, but I hear there is more down toward the bottom.  I may search that area next week.

Here's video from today....

And the images....

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Always the welcoming chicken.  He was quite noisy this morning.

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Cool looking trees and greenery.

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Since I've taken a few of these shots several times, I thought I'd put a different edit on a few.  Love the black and white of the forest.

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Not the highest of points by any stretch, but still one of my favorite views.

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Loved that this lil guy sat still long enough for a shot.  Amazing colors.

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What I would assume is part of the wing.

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The underneath of the previous pic.

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Another piece.  This one kind of molded into the ground.  Landing gear, maybe, or part of an engine?  Not sure.

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Put on a wider lens to get more of it in the shot.

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Solitude.

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Went down a little further to get a better look.  There is more to that piece/wing to the left, but blends in with that tree.

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Another edit of this shot I take every time I'm here.  Love this one!

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Lush greens!

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Take your pic.  Like I said, I've done this 4 times and each time, my app says 5.6 miles while the trail sign says 4.8.  I do walk around and back and forth a lot for pics, but a mile??  Hmmmmm

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FMF (Fat-Man-Factor)(FMF is a difficulty scale from 1-10, from an out of shape, fat, white guy's point of view):  2 The only reason it's not a 1 is due to the fact that I'm not sure how everyone feels about a 5 mile hike.  Just right for me. Love this hike.  Probably the easiest non-paved hike on island.  At least the easiest with most rewarding scenery/views.


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Don Bickell(non-registered)
We are visiting our son who is in the Navy and is stationed at Pearl. We did the tour a couple of days ago, and we were moved beyond words. This is our first time visiting, and we are amazed at the beauty of Oahu. You have captured that beauty very well, and showing the wreckage of the bomber was another moment for pause to remember not only that crew, but all of the men and women that died that day!
Thank you for this post, and thank you for showing the beauty of this island and God's creation.
God bless you and your family!
Mom(non-registered)
Oh My Goodness, how blessed are you to be able to be a part of this beauty. Let me answer that for you. Very!
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