Birmingham, AL B-25 Bomber Crash, Nov 1949


Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 27, (INS) - An Air Force B-25 bomber crashed today near Birmingham, carrying the pilot to his death and causing another of the two occupants to die when his parachute opened too near the ground. A third man parachuted to safety.
An Air Force spokesman at Maxwell Field said the Pilot was COL. ORVILLE E. MOHLER, of Glendale, Calif., a student at the air was college of the air university at Maxwell Field. COL. MOHLER was killed at the controls of the plane when it smashed into a farmer's field 16 miles north of Birmingham.
Killed in the belated jump was COL. MOHLER'S instructor, COL. R. B. RICHARDS, whose 'chute blossomed open only a moment before his body plunged into the ground after a leap from approximately 75 feet altitude.
Master Sgt. R. C. McKey, crew chief aboard the plane, jumped a few moments before COL. RICHARDS and escaped injury.
MOHLER was the famous quarterback of the University of Southern California's football team in the early 30s when that squad was called the thundering ox and was trampling the best elevens in the country.

Lubbock Morning Avalanche Texas 1949-11-28