Lebanon, OH Bomber Crash, June 1942
4 KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH.
ARMY FLIERS DIE WHEN SHIP DIVES INTO HAYFIELD NEAR LEBANON.
(By United Press)
Dayton -- A twin-motored medium bomber crashed in a hayfield nine miles northeast of Lebanon, Sunday, killing its crew of four army fliers who were enroute from Patterson field to a southern air base.
Those killed were:
Second Lt. W. K. VAN ZANDT, Canton, N.Y., the pilot.
Second Lt. RALPH A. OEHMAN, JR., Gilford College, N.C., co-pilot.
Technical Sgt. S. K. ELDER, Denver, Colo.
Staff Sgt. EARL J. CORDER, Kansas City, Mo.
Army officials had not determined the cause of the accident. George Jordan, who lives near the scene of the crash, said that "the plane's motors were going until just before it fell right straight down."
Frank Tietmeyer, who also lives nearby, said he heard the plane's motors "cutting off and on" before the crash and said it circled as though trying to land.
The bomber crashed on a farm operated by Steve Reynolds. It did not burn.
The four victims were from Lowry Field, Colo., but had been training at Patterson Field.
Mansfield News Journal Ohio 1942-06-29