Ruby Mountains, NV Bomber Crashes, Jan 1943



Ruby Mountains, Nev. -- Rescue parties toiled today to a high peak in the Ruby mountains southest of Elko to reach the wreckage of an army Flying Fortreess that disappeared from the Wendover Field the day after New Year's Day.
Ten men of the giant bomber's crew were killed when the plane crashed into the mountains. Their bodies, still recognizable, were to be brought out today.
Wreckage of the bomber was discovered from the air Wednesday. Ground crews who had established their base at the Jim Wright ranch in the head of Pole canyon were notified, and a party in a jeep reached the scene Thursday. Official announcement that the plane had been discovered was made Thursday night from the Wendover base.
Names of the crew were announced by Lieut. Alphonse J. Madden, public relations officer for Wendover field, as follows:
SECOND LIEUT. CYRIL J. CASEY, pilot, mother, Mrs. M. Casey, 96 Prospect Place, Brooklyn, N.Y.
SECOND LIEUT. RAY C. HOCHEIMER, co-pilot, mother Mrs. Martha Hocheimer, 13414 Rexford Street, Blue Island, Ill.
SECOND LIEUT. ARTHUR F. KELLY, father, Luke J. Kelly, 7613 Coles Avenue, Chicago, Ill.
SECOND LIEUT. CLIFFORD J. ELLIOTT, wife, Mrs. C. J. Elliott, 908 Broadway, Buhl, Idaho.
SERGEANT MICHAEL J. DiSALVO, mother Mrs. Philomene DiSalvo, 1139 West Erie Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa.
SERGEANT ALEXANDER C. JOHNSON, mother, Mrs. Harold Messer, Salt Lake City, Utah.
SERGEANT SEYMOUR E. SONKIN, mother, Mrs. Eva R. Senkin, 249 East Fifteenth Street, Tucson, Ariz.
SERGEANT BYRON E. OLSON, mother, Mrs. Gertrude Olson, Morrill, Neb.
SERGEANT LOWELL T. STONER, father, Charles Stoner, Seneca, South Dakota.
SERGEANT JAMES A. KARNSPAN, father, Adolphe S. Karnspan, 4817 Forty-Seventh Street, Woodside, Long Island, N.Y.
The big four-motored bomber left Wendover on the morning of January 2 on a routine flight. As it left the field, it headed west and it never was heard from again.
Civil air patrol units from all parts of Nevada were called to search for the plane. Military searching parties from Wendover operated from the air and ground, while civil authorities also joined in the search. Army authorities at Wendover said today that the hunt for the plane never had lagged.
Reports from Elko today stated that the plane evidently had crashed when it failed to clear a sheer cliff on the east side of the Ruby Mountains. Nine bodies were found in the wreckage of the plane, the tenth was found below the plane. All of the bodies were said to be in a good state of preservation because of the snow and intense cold at that altitude, and because the men had been wearing heavy flying suits.

Reno Evening Gazette Nevada 1943-06-25




Wells, Nev. -- Ground and aerial searchers combed the desert lands of the Nevada-Utah border today in an extended hunt for a bomber missing from the Wendover base since Saturday morning.
The plane carried four officers and six enlisted men ono routine training flights. Army officials said the bomber reported by radio about ten minutes after leaving the field, but further efforts to reach it were futile.
Ground searchers were based at Wells to investigate any clues to the plane's whereabouts.
Air bases at Boise and Pocatello, Idaho, were ordered to be on the alert. Weather conditions hampered the search.
Names of those aboard the bomber were withheld pending outcome of the search.

Reno Evening Gazette Nevada 1943-01-04