Wreckage of the Sikorsky XPBS-1 patrol bomber that was destroyed after hitting a submerged log while landing at Alameda, California, United States 30 Jun 1942 with Admiral Chester Nimitz on board.

Caption     Wreckage of the Sikorsky XPBS-1 patrol bomber that was destroyed after hitting a submerged log while landing at Alameda, California, United States 30 Jun 1942 with Admiral Chester Nimitz on board. ww2dbase
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Photos on Same Day 30 Jun 1942
Photos at Same Place Alameda, California, United States
Added By David Stubblebine

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1. Commenter identity confirmed David Stubblebine says:
25 Mar 2018 09:46:05 PM

The crash killed one officer in the flight crew but Nimitz was uninjured. He remained on scene and personally took charge of rescue efforts.
2. Anonymous says:
6 Nov 2018 07:09:06 PM

My dad, James Wilkowski, was a crew member on this plane when it crashed.. I have a piece of the wing fabric. To see this photo is incredible. My dad had been dead for 20 years. Wish I could share this with him. Thank you. Joan



3. Paul Kautto says:
14 Nov 2018 07:46:47 AM

For an account of this accident, see pages 285-286 of the book:
Borneman, Walter R. --- The Admirals : Nimitz, Halsey, Leahy, and King -- The five-star admirals who won the war at sea.
ISBN 978-0-316-09784-0.
Catalog call number: 359.0092.
4. Matt McDade says:
30 Jun 2021 03:17:47 PM

Joan, my grandfather Bert McDade Sr. was on the crash boat that rescued the men from the crash that day. He passed in 1997 but always said one of his fellow crewmen went back after all the men were off the plane and got the admiral’s coffee pot and they used it on the crash boat afterwards.

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WW2-Era Place Name Alameda, California, United States
Lat/Long 37.7734, -122.3302
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