Wedowee, AL Bomber Crashes, Sep 1945
10 PERSONS DIE IN B-29 CRASH NEAR WEDOWEE.
THREE OTHERS INJURED BY DEBRIS FROM EXPLOSION SPLINTERED BOMBER.
BODIES OF DEAD NOT IDENTIFIED.
CHILDREN'S SHOES BLOWN OFF FEET BY FORCE OF DETONATION.
Smoldering wreckage and twisted pieces of steel and machinery scattered over cornfields and woodlands about seven miles south of Wedowee was all that was left yesterday of a B-29, which was believed to be flying out of the Gulfport, Miss., Army Air Field and crashed near Highway 37 between Wedowee and Roanoke at 7:45 Friday night killing at least ten persons who were in the plane and injuring three others in a nearby house which was hit by a flying piece of the bomber.
Bodies of the bomber crew, some of which were hurled several hundred yards from the crash, were reported to have been torn beyond recognition, and the dead had not been identifed yesterday. Investigators believed they had pieced together ten bodies.
MRS. ETHEL MURPHY, wife of BASIL MURPHY, CHARLOTTE WOODRUFF, her sister, and JOHN HEATH, a colored boy, who live near the scene of the crash were in the Roanoke hospital yesterday for treatment of injuries received when a piece of the bomber crashed through the roof into the bedroom of the home of BASIL MURPHY and exploded, tearing through the walls of the room and hurling wreckage all over the house.
MRS. LOIS WOODRUFF, the mother of MRS. ETHEL MURPHY and MISS CHARLOTTE WOODRUFF, who lives in the BASIL MURPHY home, stated yesterday that her daughters were at the time of the crash in a living room across the hall from the bedroom into which the B-29 part fell. They heard an explosion and ran into the hall, because they knew some of the WOODRUFF children were in the back of the house.
"The explosion blew the shoes off of ETHEL'S feet, and the girls were hit and knocked to the floor by flying pieces of wood and buried under the wreck." MRS. WOODRUFF said. "ETHEL got out first and pulled CHARLOTTE out."
The WOODRUFF children to whom the two victims were trying to make their way were unhurt. CHARLOTTE WOODRUFF was reported as improving at the hospital today; MRS. ETHEL MURPHY, who was pregnant, was reported in critical condition.
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