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Honolulu, HI Bomber Collision, June 1944

14 DEAD AFTER BOMBERS COLLIDE.

Honolulu, June 9. (AP) -- The death toll in the collision of two army medium bombers Thursday, which set fire to 11 homes in the Kalihi district, stood at 14 today, including ten women and children.
The women and children were trapped and fatally burned when their homes were ignited by the flaming wreckage of one bomber that crashed in the middle of an arterial route to Pearl Harbor. One other child was critically burned.
One mother, MRS. ESTHER CHUNG, 22, lost her life along with her daughter, MARILY and infant son, DONALD.
Witnesses said the planes collided about 1000 feet in the air, coming together at right angles. The left wing was broken off one and the tail sheared off the other.
The wingless bomber plummeted to Dillingham boulevard, its flaming wreckage setting fire to houses on both sides of the street.
The tailless plane fell on a small open spot in an area of small homes. The fire was quickly checked there.
Army authorities explained that the planes were being ferried and there were only two men on each. All four were killed. Their identities were withheld until next of kin could be notified.
All the city's fire fighting equipment was called out. The fires blocked traffic for nearly four hours.

Galveston Daily News Texas 1944-06-10



article | by Dr. Radut