Dodge City, KS Bomber Crash, Apr 1945

FOUR DODGE FLIERS KILLED.

Dodge City -- Three officers and an enlisted man, forming the crew of a Marauder B-26 bomber plane from the Dodge City army airfield, crashed three miles south of the airfield at 8:50 a.m. Monday, and all four were killed.
The plane burned, cremating the bodies. Identity of the crewmen was determined only through a dental examination.
Victims were:
Lt. LOWELL J. WOLFE.
Lt. WARREN K. KNOPF.
Lt. DONALD A. WALTER.
Pfc. RUSSELL W. ROACH.
WALTER and WOLFE were combat pilots who had returned from Europe last month for a refresher course in piloting. WALTER completed 65 missions over France and was awarded the Air Medal with six Clusters and the European Battle Ribbon.
WOLFE had completed 62 sorties and held the Distinguished Unit Badge, the Air Medal and nine Clusters, a European Theater of War Ribbon and a decoration from the French government.
KNOPF, pilot, had been stationed at the field since 1943 as an instructor. ROACH was an aerial engineer.
Nine minutes after the crash another Marauder coming in for a landing at the air field blew a tire and cracked up on the runway. All aboard escaped injury, however.

Hutchinson News Herald Kansas 1945-04-03