Mt. Magazine, AR Bomber Crashes, Nov 1947

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BOMBER CRASHES ON MT. MAGAZINE.

FIVE ARMY AIRMEN KILLED NEAR HAVANA IN LOGAN COUNTY.

Havana, Ark., Nov. 18. (UP) -- Authorities climbed high on Mt. Magazine, the highest point in Arkansas, near here today to remove the bodies of five Army airmen who were killed when their B-25, en route from Chicago to its base at Barksdale Field, La., crashed into the mountain top and burned last night.
Searchers who went to the scene of the crash said they found five bodies and reported that a sixth passenger might had been aboard the plane.
Driving sleet and a heavy fog -- probably the cause of the crash -- made it impossible to bring the bodies down the mountain or to resume the search until daylight.
Logan County Sheriff Earl Ladd, who headed a search party, said the plane was "pretty badly burned up" and that two of the five bodies were badly burned. The other three were identifiable, he said.
Ladd reported that a copy of travel orders was found near the plane, bearing six names, but no trace of a sixth body had yet been found.
Searchers declined to reveal the names on the orders, in accord with army practice, and at Barksdale Field army authorities withheld identification of the dead pending notification of next of kin. They said the bomber had taken off from Orchard Place airport, an Army field near Chicago, on a routine training flight.
Havana residents said they heard a low-flying plane, its motors loud and labored, and then saw the crash and a burst of flames on the mountain.
Sheriff Ladd said the scene of the crash is some 2,800 feet high and described Mt. Magazine as
"the highest mountain between the Alleghenies and Rockies."

AIRMEN KILLED IN B-25 CRASH ARE IDENTIFIED.
Havana, Ark., Nov. 19. -- (UP) -- Six army airmen killed when their B-25 bomber crashed into nearby Mt. Magazine Monday night were identified today by Army authorities.
They were:
Capt. WILLIAM F. WILSON, 29, Strong City, Kan.
Lt. ALBERT G. FRESE, JR., 27, Brunswick, Ga.
1st Lt. ROBERT H. PABST, 24, Milwaukee, Wis.
2nd Lt. ED D. WARD, 27, Chicago.
Pfc. JAMES H. MIERSMA, 20, Grand Rapids, Mich.
Pfc. WILLIAM E. WESLEY, 21, Muskegon, Mich.
The plane was en route from Chicago to its base at Barksdale Field when it rammed into the mountain in a heavy fog.

Blytheville Courier News Arkansas 1947-11-18