Franklin, VA Bomber Crash, May 1952

DID BIG BOMBER DISINTEGRATE WHILE IN FLIGHT?

Franklin, Va., May 27 -- At least three persons have lost their lives in the crash of a four-engined bomber. The big plane plummeted into the ground three miles east of Franklin in southeast Virginia.
Three bodies have been found in the plane's nose section.
There are conflicting reports about the accident. Some eye witnesses say the air force bomber exploded in flight and disintegrated. Other witnesses say that the crashed bomber collided in flight with another plane.
The crashed bomber was stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia. Officers there said that all planes aloft had checked in by radio except one B-45. The crashed plane was a B-45.
Meanwhile, however, the Navy Rescue Coordination Center at the Norfolk, Virginia, Naval Air Station says the jet bomber and another plane collided and that the second plane disintegrated completely. The Navy Center said that only bits of wreckage of the second plane have been found, and there was no indication of its identity.

THREE DIE AS B45 JET EXPLODES IN VIRGINIA.

Franklin, Va., May 28 (AP) -- A B45 Tornado jet bomber exploded and crashed near this small town in southeastern Virginia. The burned bodies of its three-man crew were recovered from the plane's nose section.
Langley Air Force Base, from which the plane had taken off on a routine flight, reported that investigators had found no evidence that the bomber collided with another plane, as one eyewitness had said shortly after the crash.
The three men in the bomber were listed as:
1st Lt. HERBERT W. REMINGTON, pilot.
2nd Lt. JERRY O. CAUSEY, copilot.
1st Lt. ANTHONY S. BUTLER, aerial observer.

Statesville Daily Record North Carolina 1952-05-29