Musselshell, MT Army Bomber Crash, Dec 1942
The bodies, accompanied by military escorts, are to be forwarded from here to the homes of the men.
Musselshell, Dec. 31. -- (AP) -- Finding of another body today in the shattered, fire-twisted plane fixed at 12 the number of Army fliers who died yesterday in the plunge of their Flying Fortress on a knoll in the foothills near here.
Capt. John Lloyd, public relations officer at the Grand Falls air base, today released this casualty list:
First Lieut. EDWARD T. LAYFIELD, 25, Baltimore, Md., pilot.
Second Lieut. GERALD K. BEEM, 23, Omaha, Neb., co-pilot.
Major ORVILLE A. RALSTON, 48, Valentine, Neb.
Second Lieut. REGIS J. NEWLAND, 21, Millville, Pa.
Second Lieut. CHESTER A. KNIGHT, 21, Prescott, Ariz.
Staff Serg. RULON B. DUTTON, Adairville, Ga.
Staff Serg. FREDERICK T. BROWN, Almont, Mich.
Corp. FRED E. MURRAY, Danville, Ill.
Staff Serg. CHARLES T. VALYS, Creston, Calif.
Pvt. JACOB V. REISS, Cleveland, Ohio.
Corp. HOBART L. HALL, Sioux Falls, S.D.
The bodies were taken to Great Falls from Roundup, county seat near Musselshell.
The four-engined bomber, a B-17, was on a routine training flight from its Great Falls base. Civilians who visited the crash scene, 11 miles south of Musselshell, said the plane apparently had barely failed to clear the gentle slope. Roundup newspaperman George Swertelle said that deep gashes in the earth indicated the ship struck, then snaked across the ground about 100 yards before a gasoline-fed blaze engulfed it.
Two bodies were hurled clear.
Captain Lloyd said the plane was "almost a complete wreck."
Immediately the Army undertook an official investigation.
Independent Helena Montana 1943-01-01