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B-24 Liberator Aircraft: Survey Results and Partnerships for Upcoming Recovery Project

Author(s): Megan Lickliter-Mundon

Year: 2017

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In 1944, factory workers and community members from Tulsa, OK financed the last B-24 Liberator built by the Tulsa Douglas Aircraft plant. They named her Tulsamerican, signed and wrote messages on her fuselage, and sent her to Europe with a part Tulsa crew. She crashed off the coast of Croatia after a bombing mission but was never forgotten as a WWII community icon. After imaging and preservation surveys in 2014 and 2015, researchers are now preparing for the recovery of remains and personal effects of the three servicemen who lost their lives. Team members include archaeologists from Texas A&M and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, researchers from the Tulsa Air & Space Museum, and scientists from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency. This presentation will focus on the history of the project, the current partnership and future logistics, show 3D modeling of the aircraft in-situ, and discuss future plans for museum display. 

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B-24 Liberator Aircraft: Survey Results and Partnerships for Upcoming Recovery Project. Megan Lickliter-Mundon. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Fort Worth, TX. 2017 ( tDAR id: 435488)


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min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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PaperId(s): 567

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America