The Eagle Project

Lay Summary 

Gander (DgAo-01). This fieldwork was conducted in conjunction with the filming of a documentary on the historical significance of the flight by Eastcoast Productions, and the cooperation of members of the North In 2007 archaeologists from Memorial University surveyed a downed World War II aircraft crash site near Atlantic Aviation Museum, Gander.

The aircraft, a Consolidated B-24M Liberator (#44-42169), was en route from Grenier airfield, Manchester, New Hampshire, via Gander on overseas deployment with the Eighth Air Force in England (482nd Group, Alconbury). It was one of a select group of aircraft that was fitted with an experimental high resolution radar device for high altitude, precision blind-bombing. The radar device (designated AN/APQ-7) was nicknamed the “Eagle,” and the aircraft became known as the Eagle bombers. The pilot, Col. William Dolan, was formerly the commander of the 1st Search Attack Group, Langley Field, Virginia, where combat crews received radar training. The wreck is relatively undisturbed, but a new logging road near the site has made it accessible to collectors.

The goals of the archaeological fieldwork were (1) the recovery and conservation of surviving remnants of the B-24 aircraft (in particular, the Eagle radar device and associated equipment and any personal effects of the crew) and (2) to investigate the nature of the original crash and the differential preservation of materials at the site.

Institute For Social And Economic Research (ISER)
Newfoundland and Labrador
Industry Sectors 
Heritage Institutions
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Start date 
1 Jan 2007