Bulkley Valley Museum

February 14, 2014

B36 bomber crashes February 14th

At around 3:00 AM on Valentine’s Day, 1950, a U.S. B36 Peacemaker bomber, the largest production plane the U.S. has ever made, crashed into Mt. Kologet in the Kispiosk about 100 km north of Hazelton B.C.. It was on a training flight from Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska, to its home base at Carswell, Texas. The flight of the Peacemaker still causes controversy to this day. The plane dropped its cargo of a Fat Man atomic bomb in the Hecate Strait between Haida Gwaii and the B.C Mainland coast due to engine failure & fire in 3 of its 6 pushprop engines. According to official U.S. reports, most of the crew survived bailing out over Canadian land and on its own, the unmanned plane changed direction to fly northeast and crash in the Kispiox. Was someone left on board? The U.S. has always said ‘No’. Who knows for sure? But the director of the Bulkley Valley Museum has a very plausible scenario as to what may have occurred on the side of a lonely mountain in the Kispiosk, February 14th, 1950.

Sixty four years ago they were just a bunch of flyboys hoping to get home to their wives & families & girlfriends in time for a Valentine’s Day dinner in Carswell, Texas. What happened?

Today, the BV Museum in Smithers, B.C., maintains a permanent exhibition detailing this memorable flight which includes photos and artefacts and a set of 20 mm machine guns from this downed Peacemaker.

If you require further information regarding this Valentine’s Day fascinating topic, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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