In June, HopNews published an article on a mid-air plane crash above Hopkinton that occurred in 1943, written by guest author Jim Nash. Mr. Nash described a terrible accident involving two P-43 Thunderbolt fighter planes that had been flying in formation and collided, resulting in the death of one of the pilots and the eventual derailment of an eastbound passenger train.
HopNews readers, several of whom remember the accident, were incredibly helpful by supplying additional information about the event in the comments section. This piqued the interest of author and historian Eric Wiberg, who became convinced that one of the planes is still resting in Cedar Swamp, waiting to be discovered. Wiberg has discovered several planes lost to history and has published more than 47 books on a wide range of topics, including German U-boats that were lost during the war near the Bahamas.
This week we followed Eric down the Sudbury River and through the thick of Cedar Swamp in search of the elusive aircraft.