Panama City, FL Bomber Crash, Mar 1943

Texan Believed Lost As Plane Wreck Found

PANAMA CITY, Fla., March 7 (AP).---Tyndall Field officials announced Sunday that wreckage of an airplane discovered on St. George Island had been identified as that of a medium bomber which took off Feb. 26 from the Atlanta air base.

The announcement said it was believed that the crew of six had perished, and identified the men as:

Flight Officer EDWARD ARTHUR BAGWELL, pilot, son of W. R. Bagwell, pilot, Chattanooga, Tenn.; Second Lieut. THOMAS FREDERICK BROWN, copilot, son of Mrs. Bessie Allen Brown, Princeton, W. Va.; FLIGHT OFFICER ALBERT DALTON BRASWELL, son of W. D. Braswell, Blue Ridge, Texas; Sergt. F. M. MORIN, crew chief, son of Peter Emil Morin, Superior, Wis.; Sergt. JAMES A. SMITH, son of James A. Smith, Hahira, Ga., and Cpl. Gene D. Hofherr, son of Mrs. Minnie Hofherr, Yorktown, Ind.

The bomber was on a routine administrative flight from the Atlanta air base to Tyndall Field here, officials said.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 8 Mar 1943