May 21-06

Past-E-Mail: Cam Notes - 2006: May: May 21-06
Crash in the Porkies    ...scroll down to share comments
Photo from Delmer Spears

Charlie at Pasty Central (Chopper) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 07:21 am:

Not long after this photo was taken, Delmer Spears found himself hanging from a parachute, falling through the dark sky of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. You can read how Delmer and his fellow crewmen survived with only bruises when their B-17 caught fire and crashed just south of Lake of the Clouds in 1944.

Often during the week here on the Pasty Cam, the pictures of people and places in northern Michigan will uncover some little known facts about the rich history of the U.P. In this past week we joined Nate Alwine on his exploration of the Porkies, and learned about the bomber crash on that fateful nightime mission. It's especially relevant this Armed Forces weekend to remember the sacrifices of men like Delmer Spears who have served our country, and defended our freedom.

Special thanks to Jeff Benya for sharing his research about the crash, and to Nate Alwine for a fine job of passing it on.

We'd also like to thank everyone who turned out last night at the Calumet Theatre for an evening of fun and music, in support of the Still Waters Assisted Living home, where Pasty Central began 10 years ago this month. We deeply appreciate the care and concern of our neighbors here in the Copper Country and around the world who help support the vital work of the home and the need it fills for the elderly of our area and beyond.

Have a great week :o)

By Randall Ollila (Rwolli) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 08:46 am:

Morning All.
A BIG thank you to Nate, Charlie, and Jeff Benya for their research and postings here on the Pasty Network. Sounds as if there was a good turnout at the Calumet Theatre last night.
Enjoy the day everyone!

By Margaret, Amarillo TX (Margaret) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 09:15 am:

What interesting facts. Morning to all.

By james e. wadsworth (Jwads) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 09:24 am:

Thanks guys for all of your reshearch into a very interesting topic.

jim wadsworth

By Tom Karjala (Tom) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 10:24 am:

Amazing that such accidents happened back during WWII yet as a child I never heard about it. Learn something all the time from Pasty Central.

By Ms. Katie (Mskatie) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 10:25 am:

It's amazing all the interesting things that turn UP on this site especially the history of the area. Thanks to all who contribute to our entertainment and knowledge. And top 'o the morning all.

By Deb S. (Usedtobeayooper) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 10:36 am:

It's so strange because I've never even heard about that crash in the porkies. That's another must see spot one of these times we get up there. So much to see, so little time. Five days and counting until we touch UP soil again. Hoping to see some falls in all their glory. Happy day everyone!

By David S. (Yooperdfs) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 01:08 pm:

Very interesting. Out of curiousity, is the wreckage of the plane still in the Porkies? Just wondering if anyone has any info on it.

By JH (Thumbgardener) on Sunday, May 21, 2006 - 02:19 pm:

Yooperdfs, read the cam notes on Wednesday, May 17th and then go into Nate Alwine's album.

By Scott Simonson (Darbie2) on Monday, May 22, 2006 - 11:19 pm:

Fantastic history and Nate is a really
nice guy to reply to my questions.
The U.P is so very rich in history and
landscapes. Not alot of places like it in the


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