Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West


STINSON OY-2 Bu No 04001 USMC Hq. Sq.
5/29/51

 

When avid hiker Mike Boeck made his way into a remote part of the rugged Santa Ana Mountains in Southern California he did not expect to find the wreckage of what may turn out to be the Stinson OY-2 flown by USMCR 1STLt. J.D. Righton. 1st Lt. Righton suffered minor injuries, thanks in part to the low speed nature of the impact and to the Chaparral that provided an additional cushion effect in this 5/29/51 crash. The wielded tubular fuselage structure and the six cylinder Lycoming O-435-11 engine are still intact and rusting quietly after fifty-nine years of fires and floods. (Photos courtesy Mike Boeck, accident report courtesy AAIR)

In June 2010 we visited the OY-2 crash site in an effort to know for sure that this was not the USAAF L-5 that crashed in the same area in 1945.
The two man crew of the Army L-5 escaped their accident with minor injuries only, and as with the OY-2 the Army L-5 was abandoned also.
Some of the painted fabric on the OY-2 had the #612 Medium Green paint used only by the USMC. The Army L-5 had a four cylinder engine and the OY-2 had the flathead six. Thanks to our guide Mike Boeck for great hike to a very remote crash site.

 

 


 

In June 2010 we visited the OY-2 crash site in an effort to know for sure that this was not the USAAF L-5 that crashed in the same area in 1945.
The two man crew of the Army L-5 escaped their accident with minor injuries, and as with the OY-2 the Army L-5 was also abandoned.
Some of the painted fabric on the OY-2 had the #612 Medium Green paint used only by the USMC. The Army L-5 had a four cylinder engine and the OY-2 had the flathead six. Thanks to our guide Mike Boeck for a great hike to a very remote crash site.
 

Finding a data plate is a key aspect of confirming aircraft type and identification. This fuel tank mounted plate was found by Tom Maloney. (G.P. Macha photo)

The front top of the rudder still has some #508 International Orange paint on the fabric covering. (G.P. Macha photo)

 

 

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