The spot


The massif of Mount Canin, pictured from the beautiful village of Prato di Resia
a few years before the devastating stroke of the 1976 earthquake [1].


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The buttresses of the ‘Porton sotto Canin’ peak, with the canyon where the accident occurred,
seen from the South walking on the path which leads from Malga Coot to Casera Canin [2].


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The path which leads from Malga Coot to Casera Canin [2].

The meadows surrounding Casera Canin are so peaceful and the panorama that opens onto the Resia Valley is so soothing that is difficult, so many years after the accident, to imagine that a tragedy that broke nine young lives in a place so far away from their home could happen.

On the spot, in order to remember the sacrifice of the American crew, a memorial plate was installed in 2005 at the inititative of Tommaso Zuzzi [3], who had been the first to start research about the aircraft and its crew. He sadly lost his life in an air accident in September 2013 .

The wreck of the B-24 was, in times of war, a real source of precious metals and materials; so there is nothing remaining from it today. One exception is the rusty scrap of one of the two main landing gears lying on the lawns of Mount Canin as a monument, the last sign of the sacrifice of those men.

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The left main landing gear, the only significant remaining of the B-24, still lies on the site of the disaster [4].

[1] Photograph by D. Clemente.
[2] Photograph by E. Barbina.
[3] Zuzzi (2005).
[4] Photograph by E. Barbina. The scrap identification has been performed by comparison with the USAAF Airplane Parts Catalog for Army Models B-24D and B-24J, Navy Model PB4Y-1, British Models Liberators B III, B VI, B VIII, GR III, GR V, GR VI and GR VIII, Catalog AN 01-5E-4, 1 december 1944.