Dubuque, IA Bomber Crashes, Feb 1944
IOWA PLANE CRASH KILLS 5.
Dubuque, Ia. (AP) -- Col. A. B. Ogden of Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill., said Tuesday night that five officers and enlisted men were killed in the crash of a B-17 heavy bomber five miles west of Dubuque at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday.
Colonel Ogden headed a party of four which arrived here to investigate the crash. He said the plane which crashed after exploding in the air was from Chanute Field.
Names of the victims were not released pending notification of next of kin. The five comprised the entire crew, Colonel Ogden said.
Three bodies had been removed from the wreckage by 8 o'clock Tuesday night and Dubuque firemen were continuing their search for the bodies of the other two men known to have been on the plane.
The four-engine bomber crashed into the side of a hill on the J. N. Seifker farm after having passed over Dubuque a short time before. Seifker said the plane was flying upside down when it sheared off a tree top, exploded in the air and plowed into the side of a hill. It burst into flames immediately.
Seifker said the plane narrowly missed striking his farm home.
The plane circled the hill section just before the crash and just missed Heller's tavern when it came down. Parts of the ship were tangled in trees.
The Nebraska State Journal Lincoln 1944-02-09
IDENTIFY 5 DEAD IN AIRPLANE CRASH.
Chanute Field, Ill. (AP) -- Four officers and an enlisted man were killed Tuesday in the crash of a B-17 Fortress bomber near Dubuque, Ia., on a flight originating from this field, the commanding general announced Wednesday.
2nd Lt. ROBERT J. BREITBACH, 23, pilot, son of Mrs. Susan Breitbach, Dubuque, Ia.
Cpl. WILLIAM C. AKERS, 25, son of Mrs. Hazel C. Akers, Denver, Colo.
2nd Lt. ERNEST D. MACMANUS, 23, married; son of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest D. Macmanus, Chicago.
2nd Lt. WILLIAM D. MALONEY, JR., married; Punxsutawney, Pa.
Flight Officer ERNEST H. WOOD, married; Cedar Bluff, Ala.
The wives of the three married officers were residing near Chanute Field, the field public relations office said.
Nebraska State Journal Lincoln 1944-02-10