Eau Gallie, FL Bomber Crash, Mar 1944
TEN AIRMEN DIE IN CRASH OF BOMBER.
PLANE CRASHES THRU TELEGRAPH WIRES ON RAILROAD TRACKS.
Eau Gallie, Fla., March 27. -- (AP) -- Police Chief Hugh DeWitt said ten fliers were killed and one was injured when a four-engined bomber crashed through telephone and telegraph wires onto the tracks of the Florida east coast railroad here last night.
The lower Florida east coast was cut off from telephone and telegraph communication for more than an hour and trains were delayed several hours while tracks were repaired.
Nearby Melbourne Naval Air Station authorities said the plane was from Chatham Field, Savannah, Ga.
State Highway Patrolman George Mason reported that the plane crashed while attempting to land at the Melbourne Naval Air Base. The big plane, he said, bounced against an embankment after hitting the tracks, and exploded.
Eau Gallie is about 100 miles north of Palm Beach.
Partial list of victims:
Pfc ARCHIE L. McCORMICK, Britt, Iowa.
Lt. JAMES DONALD CAMPBELL, 19, Racine, Wis.
Lt. BASIL R. HUNTRESS, co-pilot, Fairfield, Md.
The Bee Danville Virginia 1944-03-27