B-17G Crash in Presque Isle

During World War II the old Presque Isle Army Air Force Base was one of the most important to the war effort in the US  . It was the last stop within the

B-17G crash in Presque Isle, Maine March 11,1944
B-17G crash in Presque Isle, Maine March 11,1944

continental U.S. for the American bombers & their crews on the long and dangerous flight to England.  The route of this flight took them from Presque Isle, to Newfoundland, to Iceland and then to England.

On March 11, 1944 this B-17G went out of control while taxing on the icy runway at Presque Isle.  It crashed into the north end of one of the hangars. All of the crew suffered injuries and there was one fatality;  Co-Pilot Second Lieutenant Thomas Walker from Stockport, Ohio died in the crash.


MaineToday has compiled a list of 26 beautiful places in Maine you’ll want to see before passing on.

Screw Auger Falls
Screw Auger Falls in in Grafton Notch State Park. Press Herald file photo


Mt. Katahdin Maine Sunset
Winter Sunset behind Katahdin

They include the usual suspects like Baxter State Park, Quoddy Head State Park, Screw Auger Falls in Grafton Notch State Park, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Kettle Cove and many more!

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Momma Moose & her 2 Babies

We just had to re-share this great photo of Mamma and her two babies by Lovena West!

Momma Moose and her Babies
Momma Moose and her Babies taken by Lovena West in Mars Hill – 6/7/2015

Taken in Mars Hill.   Lovena says:  “I zoomed as much as I could from the road where we were parked …they were out in the field by the woods quite a distance for my camera & it was getting dark , but I got a few shots of a Momma Moose & her 2 youngin’s … in Mars Hill , Maine”

Old Farmer’s Almanac warns of super cold, snow for coming winter

Just as much of New England is experiencing temperatures in the 90s, The Old

Winter in Northern Maine
Winter in Northern Maine

Farmer’s Almanac is warning us about the winter just over the horizon.   According to the annual publication,  expect above-normal snow and below-normal temperatures for much of New England; icy conditions in parts of the South; and frigid weather in the Midwest.  “Just about everybody who gets snow will have a White Christmas in one capacity or another,” editor Janice Stillman said from Dublin, New Hampshire, where the almanac is compiled. It’s due out within a week.

Unidentified Woman in Greene, Maine

The Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department seeking the public’s help identifying an unknown woman discovered walking in the town of Greene late Unidentified Woman in Greene, MaineWednesday.  Police say she is unable to communicate her name.

The woman is described as a white female, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall with brown hair, brown eyes and weighing approximately 120 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Martin Fournier at 207-753-2599.

The Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

Jumping Frenchmen of Maine Disorder is a rare ailment in which a person, when

jumping frenchmen of maine

startled, will “jump, twitch, flail their limbs and obey commands given suddenly, even if it means hurting themselves or a loved one.”   The disorder was first observed in 1878 among lumberjacks in Maine but has been reported also among factory workers in Malaysia and Siberia. Some believe it results from a genetic mutation that blocks the calming of the central nervous system (but could be merely psychological, from the stress of working in close quarters).





German POWs in Houlton

In 1944 a major part of the Houlton Army Air Base was made into Camp Houlton, a Prisoner of War (POW) internment camp.

German POWs in Houlton

It was a violation of the Geneva Convention to force POWs to work but they could volunteer to work. Camp Houlton provided laborers for local farms to harvest peas, pick potatoes and other work but not all POWs were allowed to work on the farms for security reasons.

The prisoners were paid a dollar a day in scrip that they could spend at the post exchange, the base store, for toiletries, tobacco, chocolate, and even beer.