Dixiana, AL Air Force Bomber Crash, Nov 1949

B-25 CRASH KILLS PILOTS; CREW CHIEF LEAPS SAFELY.

Dixiana, Ala., Nov. 27. (AP) -- An Air Force B-25 bomber crashed into a hilly field near here Sunday, killing two airmen including the pilot who a former football quarterback. A third man bailed out safely.
Witnesses said one of those killed also bailed out but his parachute failed to open. The plane crashed after engine failure.
COL. ORVILLE E. MOHLER, of Glendale, Calif., the dead pilot, once led the University of Southern California through two of its greatest seasons and established a one-season scoring record which still stands.
MOHLER apparently stuck with the plane and tried to land it on the power of its remaining, sputtering engine. The other victim was identified as COL. ROBERT B. RICHARDS, a member of the Air War College at Maxwell Field, Ala. M/Sgt. R. C. McKEY, crew chief, bailed out and landed unhurt in a nearby creek.

San Antonio Express Texas 1949-11-28

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B-25 Bomber crash near Dixiana, AL

I remember this accident, I was at the site that night, I lived about 1.5 miles from the site. There was one older brother, Dewight and two younger brothers, Larry and Gary. My father drove myself and Dewight to the site just to see where the plane crashed. It crashed very near a friends house. It was a very sad situation. I want to add my thanks to Stu Beitler for this rememberance.

plane ran out of fuel. crew

plane ran out of fuel. crew been to tenn to football game