Gingercake Mountain, NC Transport Crash, May 1943

EIGHTEEN KILLED IN PLANE CRASH NEAR MORGANTON.

Morganton, May 17. -- (AP) -- Eighteen enlisted men and officers were killed Saturday when their army transport plane apparently became lost in a fog and crashed into Gingercake Mountain, 25 miles north of here.
Announcement of their names today awaited identification and notice to next of kin.
Lieut. Richard E. Tukey, of the Public Relations office, announced at Fort Benning, Ga., that the transport left Lawson Field there at noon and crashed shortly after leaving the Laurinburg-Maxton, N.C., Army Air Base.
Sheriff R. C. Chapman, of Morganton, said last night that 17 of the bodies had been recovered and an 18th was being hunted in the vicinity of the crash. Wreckage and bodies were strewn over a 500 to 600 foot area.

Daily Times-News Burlington North Carolina 1943-05-17

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BODIES LOCATED FROM PLANE CRASH.

PLANE FROM MAXTON CRASHED INTO MOUNTAIN NEAR MORGANTON.

Morganton, May 17. -- (AP) -- Sheriff R. C. Champan of Burke county said yesterday that 17 bodies had been removed from the scene of an Army plane crash hear here Saturday and that an 18th was being hunted in the vicinity.
The sheriff said the plane was identified by soldiers who took over after the crash as a troop carrier. He also said it was from Fort Benning, Ga., and recently had been on detached duty at Maxton Air Base.
The plane ran into a pea-soup fog and presumably became lost and crashed into Gingercake Mountain, a knob about 25 miles north of here. Before it struck and clipped off a 20-foot white oak tree on the mountainside, the plane sheared off the tops of a number of saplings. Wreckage and the bodies were strewn over a 500 to 600 foot area.
A detachment of officers and men from Fort Benning arrived here yesterday to join those from Morris Field in Charlotte, who came several hours after the accident.
State Highway patrolmen and Burk County officers guarded the wreckage until the first soldiers arrived.

Robesonian Lumberton North Carolina 1943-05-17