Musselshell, MT Army Bomber Crash, Dec 1942
ARMY BOMBER CRASHES IN MONTANA, KILLING 10.
Musselshell, Mont., Dec. 30 (AP) -- A four-motored army plane crashed and burned in the wooded, sparsely-settled hill country 11 miles south of this central Montana village today, killing 10 persons.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Ottman hurried to the crash scene and returned for help. He identified the plane as belonging to the army. He said he assumed that only 10 persons were aboard the big plane since no other bodies were found.
The officer told Storekeeper W. K. Timmerman in Musselshell that two of the bodies had been flung clear of the plane and that the others were inside the charred wreckage.
The crash occurred about 3:30 P.M. (CWT).
At Great Falls, Capt. John Lloyd, press relations officer at the Great Falls Army Air Base, said the identity of the plane had "not been determined." He said army authorities were en route to Musselshell.
Ottoman quickly rounded up "quite a lot" of farmers and others near here when he first went out to the place, Timmerman said and gathered more men on his second trip.
Ambulances were on the way to this central Montana village from Roundup and Lewistown.
This community is in a sparsely-settled foothills area of the Bull Mountains, where dry farming predominates, about 23 miles east of Roundup, a coal mining center and the county seat. Scene of the accident is some 75 road miles northeast of Billings.
Amarillo Daily News Texas 1942-12-31
BUDDIES PAY FINAL TRIBUTE TO ACCIDENT VICTIMS.
Great Falls, Dec. 31. -- (AP) -- Fighting men of the Army air base said a final goodbye tonight to 12 of their buddies who died in the flaming wreckage of a Flying Fortress yesterday.
Thronging the brown, steepled chapel at the base, officers and men heard memorial services conducted by Chaplain Selcraig.
As flying mates of the dead service men and others attached to the post were at attention, the chaplain read the names of the men who died when the big ship crashed near Musselshell.
Then silently they filed out, ready again for the grim business of war.
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