“The Crash of SN- 42-29562: A World War II Bomber in Distress” will be presented by Bruce Ellis from the Clearwater National Forest in the library’s Community Room, 702 E. Front Ave.
The presentation is about two seasons of excavation and archival research on the crash site of a Boeing B-17F bomber. The aircraft crashed near Potlatch while on a routine long-distance navigation training mission in early December 1943. The flight originated from Hobbs, N.M, with Geiger Field (Spokane International) as its intended destination.
Ellis said the project has opened a window on one of the most important periods in American history.
With Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Ellis has been working in the field of archaeology for the past 30 years. His experience includes several years of academic and private industry work in Belize, Guatemala and Texas.
For the past 23 years he has worked for the Forest Service as a program leader in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, and, in 2007, in Idaho. He holds a current private pilot’s certificate and is an avid aviation historian.
His presentation in Coeur d’Alene is co-sponsored by the Idaho Historical Society in conjunction with Idaho Archaeology and Historic Preservation Month. For more information visit history.idaho.gov.
A related activity is scheduled for Wednesday, May 23, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., in Q’emiln Riverside Park in Post Falls. “Q’emiln Quest” is sponsored by the Post Falls Historical Society. For information on that program contact Kim Brown at 208-773-4681.