Park City, UT (near) Army Bomber Crash, Nov 1941
TWO KILLED IN UTAH CRASH.
BOMBER CRASH TAKES TWO LIVES.
Park City, Utah, Nov. 18 (AP) -- An Army bomber
rocked by a savage western storm, plunged to a fiery end in the snow lashed Wasatch Mountains early yesterday after five of the seven men aboard
had parachuted to safety.
Major ROBERT E. L. PIRTLE, 34, Council Grove, Kas., plummeted several thousand feet to death with a torn 'chute trailing him in a high wind.
Sgt. J. D. ANDEERSON, 20, Ogden, Utah, stayed with the plane and was killed as the twin motored bomber ploughed into a tree-studded mountainside and exploded.
The pilot, First Lieut. WILLIAM E. BAYSY was the only one of the five survivors to be injured seriously. His gale-driven parachute dropped in rugged terrain, then dragged him along the rock and brush covered hills, several miles northeast of the crash scene.
Army fliers theorized that severe icing on the wings caused the plane to lose altitude so rapidly that the bail out order was given as the bomber headed over the mountains during a return flight from Denver.
Salamanca Republican Press New York 1941-11-18