Why Is There an Old Abandoned WWII Era Plane in McCall, Idaho?


Idaho is filled with mysterious places that history buffs are dying to learn more about. You’ll find this one on one of McCall’s most popular hikes!

You may be an avid hiker but haven’t been able to do it as often as you would have liked in the summer of 2022 because it was just too hot. This autumn? You plan to get out and stretch your legs a bit. If that plan includes a trip to the 55 to relax in McCall and you enjoy hiking, schedule a day to hike the Loon Lake Trail.

With over 500 miles of public hiking trails, 300 lakes and 1,400 miles of creeks, it’s no surprise the McCall Chamber has nicknamed their little corner of Idaho “Hiker’s Paradise.” The 10-13 mile loop hike gives you the opportunity to see something no other hike in Idaho can, the wreckage site of an abandoned B-23 “Dragon Bomber” fighter jet.

YouTube/Jon Conti

YouTube/Jon Conti

According to the poster posted at the wreck site, on January 29, 1943, this example was already low on fuel as it attempted to cope with the heaving ice. It crashed at Loon Lake. The pilot and eight airmen on board survived, but it was nearly three weeks before they were all rescued from the raging blizzard.

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Five of them stayed in the shelter they built at Loon Lake, surviving on woodpeckers, a squirrel and chocolate rations they had on board the plane. The other three, including one with a fractured kneecap, hiked over 35 miles in waist-deep snow before finally finding a phone to call McCall for help.

So how do you get there? According to All Trails, hikers typically start at Chinook Campground and cross the campground’s bridge to Loon Lake and return via the CCC Bridge. There is a trail that takes you around the east side of Loon Lake to the crash site. You can see their driving directions, waypoints and tips from others who have done the hike HERE!

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