Posted by: blueridgetreks | November 8, 2008
B25 Mitchell Plane Crash on Sharp Top Mountain
My wife and I visited the Peaks of Otter area near Bedford, VA on Nov 1, 2008. Prior to going I requested a friend send me the GPS Lat/Lon coordinates for a B25D Mitchell Bomber that crashed into Sharp Top Mountain in 1943.
Out of respect to the 5 crew members who died in this crash and surviving family members I will not publish the coordinates of the crash site. It is public knowledge that the wreck is on Sharp Top Mountain but there is no established trail. At one point in our hike up to Sharp Top Mountain we bush-whacked off the side of the mountain about 1000′ to the crash site using my GPS for guidance. It was pretty steep terrain but we eventually found the site.
B25 Wreck, part of tail section?
It was an eerily peaceful site even in the midst of knowing what destruction and loss of life happened there over 65 years ago. It reminded me to pray for our troops who are still “In Harm’s Way” today and to pray for their safety. My friend who gave me the coordinates asked if I would place a new flag on the memorial that is cemented into a boulder in the midst of the crash site, I was more than glad to oblige.
For those who think the price of freedom is without cost, this crash site should be a solemn reminder that it is not. Another reminder is the town of Bedford, less than 3 miles as the crow flies from the crash site. Bedford lost 19 young men on D-Day, more than any other city of a comparable size in the USA. A National D-Day Memorial was established in Bedford in 2001 to commemorate their sacrifice. For an interesting write up on this crash site use this link.
After visiting the crash site we continued our hike to the top of Sharp Top Mountain to see some of the most beautiful views in Virginia. I believe we will be coming back to this part of Virginia in the Spring when the Mountain Laurel is in full bloom. For more photos of this hike visit my webshots site.
View of Flat Top