Poe, WV Bombing Plane Crashes, Sep 1921

FEAR 5 AIRMEN KILLED BY FALL IN WEST VIRGINIA.

ARMY FLYER CRASH WITH GREAT BOMBER.

BIG PLANE IS SEEN BURNING FURIOUSLY NEAR POE, WEST VA.

MACHINE WAS ON WAY FROM CHARLESTON TO LANGLEY FIELD.

SEARCH BEING MADE FOR CREW OF CRAFT.

FEARS EXPRESSED ALL LOST LIVES, RESULT OF CRASH TO EARTH.

Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 3. - Five army flyers fell in a big bombing plane near Poe, Nichols County, W. Va., late today. No word has been received at army headquarters here as to the fate of the men. They were Lieutenants SPECK, pilot, and FITZPATRICK, observer, and three enlisted men.
The names of three missing enlisted men were unofficially announced as Sergeant ARTHER BROWN, of Kentucky; Corporal ALEXANDER HAZELTON, Wilmington, Del., and Private HOWARD, of San Francisco. HOWARD'S first name could not be learned. Officers did not know the home address of Lieutenant HARRY L. SPECK, or that of Lieutenant KILPATRICK.
(Transcriber's note: The names are copied as in the newspaper article.)
The machine was seen by army flyers in two other bombers to go into a spin and crash to the ground. One of the other machines flew low, located the scene of the accident and found the bomber in flames, with its tail pointing upward. Several automobiles were observed in the vicinity. The exact place where the accident occurred is not known here. The flyers who witnessed the fall judged from their maps that it was near Poe.

On Way To Langley Field.
The three planes started from the landing place here for a flight to Langley Field, Va. East of here they ran into a thunderstorm, and a few minutes later one machine fell; another continued on, and landed at Seebert, W. Va., about 100 miles east, while the third bomber returned and landed near here.
Army officers tonight were making every effort to learn what happened to the five missing men. They have enlisted the citizens near Poe to start out searching parties to find the burned plane.
The two planes that landed safely will resume their flight to Langley Field tomorrow.

Richmond Times Dispatch Virginia 1921-09-04