San Angelo, TX (near) Army Planes Crash, Apr 1941


By Associated Press.
San Angelo, Tex., April 14 -- Two flying cadets and an instructor at the Air Corps Basic Flying School in San Angelo were killed near here Monday in two crashes occurring a few hours apart.
Cadet RAYMOND L. STEPHENSON, 22, of Sweetwater, Texas, died instantly when his training plane crashed shortly before noon on the E. S. Campbell ranch, five miles north of Eola, about 25 miles east of San Angelo. He was flying alone.
The two airmen killed in the second crack-up were identified as Lieut. E. B. BURNS, 22, of Ecru, Miss., an instructor, and Cadet F. E. POGUE, 25, Duluth, Minn. Their plane crashed south of Veribeat, about 15 miles east of here at 2:15 p.m. The plane, according to witnesses, fell from a low altitude and burst into flames. Both bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Witnesses said STEPHENSON'S plane fell from a height of about 700 feet.
Officers from the flying school here began a preliminary investigation Monday afternoon.
STEPHENSON was a former Hardin-Simmons University student where he was a varsity debater and editor of the campus newspaper.

San Antonio Express Texas 1941-04-15