Little Rock, AR (near) Bomber Crash, Sep 1942

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Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 4. -- One of the fliers who emerged unscathed from the hazardous air raid on Tokyo and other Japanese cities was dead today, the victim of a bomber crash in a lonely wooded area near Little Rock which took the lives of five other airmen.
The flier was First Lieutenant KENNETH E. REDDY, 22, the son of Mr. and Mrs. John W. Reddy of Bowie, Tex., one of nine Tokyo airmen stationed at Barksdale Field, La. A wearer of the Distinguished Flying Cross, REDDY was graduated from North Texas Teachers College at Denton in 1940 and won his wings at Stockton Field, Cal., shortly afterward.
Four other victims of the bomber crash which occurred Wednesday midnight were identified by Army authorities as:
Second Lieutenant CHARLES S. BRACHBILL, 21, Williamsport, Pa.
Sergeant THOMAS T. ROBERTS, 22, Knoxville, Tenn.
Second Lieutenant PHILLIP WILLIAMS.
Corporal DOMENIC T. MODUNO, 20, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Private THOMAS A. NAYLON, 33, Pittsburgh, Pa.
The plane which was based at Barksdale Field and was piloted by Lieutenant REDDY, sheared tree tops for 400 feet before it crashed and burned.
One of the bodies found near the wreckage was wrapped in a parachute, indicating a futile attempt to bail out.

The Daily Courrier Connellsville Pennsylvania 1942-09-04