Galveston, TX (off shore) Bombers Crash In Gulf Of Mexico, Sep 1943

COLLISION OF BOMBERS TAKES LIVES OF 22.

Alexandria, La. -- (AP) -- Two Flying Fortresses crashed into the Gulf of Mexico about 40 miles southest of Galveston, Texas, after colliding in the air, and all 22 members of the two crews were presumed killed.
The Alexandria army air base, announcing the loss today, said the crash occurred late yesterday afternoon during a routine training flight.
A search by navy craft and army planes has failed to find any survivors, bomber base authorities reported.
The base said the names of the members of the crew would be released later.

The Sheboygan Press Wisconsin 1943-09-11

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VICTIMS OF GULF FLYING FORTRESS CRASH ANNOUNCED.

TWENTY-TWO PRESUMED LOST AFTER BOMBERS HIT ON FLIGHT.

Names of 22 members of the crews of two Flying Fortresses, presumed to have been lost when the bombers crashed over the Gulf of Mexico Friday afternoon, were announced yesterday by the public relations officer of the Alexandria, La., air base, according to the Associated Press. Several of the men were Texans.
Maj. Henry C. Coles, commander of the army air field here, was informed that the bombers collided about 4:30 p.m. Friday 40 miles southeast of Galveston while on a routine training flight from the Alexandria base.
Unconfirmed reports said that one of the planes broke in half and that the other seemed to explode in the collision. A plane sent from the airfield here to search for possible survivors reported seeing an open parachute on the water and considerable debris but was unable to report any evidence of surviving crew members.
First announcement of the accident was made yesterday morning by headquarters of the Alexandria air base in Associated Press reports received here.
"A search by navy craft and army planes failed to find any survivors," Maj Cole said. "We were over the scene of the crash within 30 minutes after it occurred. Wreckage was found and other definite evidence that we were at the scene. We remained over the location until dark in the hope of spotting survivors. It is presumed that all the men were lost. Planes from the Galveston air base, navy blimps and a flying boat from the naval air station at Corpus Christi took part in the search."
The Alexandria base reported the two planes were flying in a formation which took off from Alexandria Friday afternoon on a gunnery practice mission over the gulf.

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