Lebanon, OH B-50 Bomber Crash, Jul 1950

EL PASO B-50 CRASHES WITH LOAD OF BOMBS.

Dayton, Ohio, July 14 (AP) - Death toll in an air force B-50 bomber crash near Lebanon, Ohio yesterday has been raised to 16, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base officials reported today.
Earlier, it was reported at least 11 airmen had died in the crash.
The public information office at the field said it had been authorized by officers of the Eighth Air Force, Biggs Field, El Paso, Tex., to announce the new death toll.
The Biggs Field officials said the original estimate of dead was raised to 16 "after a check of the plane's clearance papers."
Only a gaping hole in a field and shattered pieces of metal today showed where the big bomber crashed.

'Shells Kept Popping'
Dr. H. M. William, Warren County Coroner, who turned the bodies over to the Air Force officers, told reporters the plane carried "live ammunition."
"I know the ship carried live ammunition because shells kept popping off," he said. "I doubt if high octane gasoline could have caused such a blast alone. The plane tore a crater in the ground large enough to place a good sized house."
At El Paso, Tex., Biggs Field officers today announced the names of those killed in the crash (partially).
They said the names of all would not be announced at this time.
The dead:
CAPT. PAUL E. ANDERSON, JR., 29, El Paso.
STAFF SGT. ELLIS E. SMITH, 40, El Paso.
STAFF SGT. JAMES A. TRAVIS, 29, Bertram, Tex.
STAFF SGT. RUSSELL E. MOORE, 22, Salem, W. Va., (wife, Mrs. Shirley Moore, Salem).
SGT. ALCIDE DANOS, 22, Baytown, Tex.
PFC. GEORGE L. MARTIN, about 21, Danberry, Neb., (father, John Truman Martin, Danberry.)
1st LT. HARVEY E. MARTIN, 26, Pilot, San Antonio.
T. SGT. CHARLES W. PICKETT, Cleburne.
T. SGT. JOSEPH VEID, 28, El Paso.
CAPT. JOHN F. ADAMS, JR., 27, Pilot, El Paso.
T. SGT. VERNON W. DIGGLE, 29, El Paso.
STAFF SGT. W. O. TIMMONS, 27, Bryson.
STAFF SGT. JAMES M. TENNILLE, JR., Union, South Carolina.
STAFF SGT. THOMAS JAMES MULLEN, 22, Hiawatha, Kansas.

Carried Practice Bombs.
Biggs officials said the plane was on a routine practice mission and was carrying practice bombs.
The plane plunged into the ground on a farm near Lebanon, Ohio, and exploded. The impact and the blast tore a hole in the ground that was about 18 feet deep and at least 75 feet wide.
The big plane was blown to pieces. There was little left that couldn't have been carried away by an average-sized man. Bodies and parts of bodies of the victims were scattered over a wide area.
The explosion was heard in this Warren County seat, four miles away. Windows were blown out of a farm house one mile away.
Reports from witnesses as to just what happened varied.
Two farmers living near the scene - Alex Fields and George Shumaker - said they remarked that the plane appeared to be in trouble only a minute or two before the crash.
"There was no fire until the explosion," Fields said.

Tucson Daily Citizen Arizona 1950-07-14