Hurley, WI Air Force Bomber Crash, Feb 1961
B47 CRASHES NEAR HURLEY; FOUR ABOARD.
Hurley (UPI) -- An Air Force B47 jet bomber carrying four crew members crashed in the heavily wooded Hurley-Ironwood area late Friday while on a practice bomb run, Air Force officials said today.
A Civil Defense radio network said two men parachuted from the plane before the crash, but Forbes Air Force Base at Topeka, Kan., home base of the plane, said this could not be confirmed immediately.
The two million dollar plane was attached to the 40th Bomber Wing at Forbes.
The plane disappeared from the radar screen at the radar base in Ironwood, Mich., sister city of Hurley, at 10:18 p.m. About 20 planes -- Piper Cubs, helicopters and cargo planes -- began a search of a wooded flowage area southwest of Hurley.
This morning the Duluth Air Force Base reported search craft sighted the wreckage of the bomber in "the general Hurley-Ironwood area." Air Force planes came from Duluth and Minneapolis to join the search.
Sheriff James Thomas of Iron County said earlier an all night search of an area of some 10 square miles about five miles southwest of Hurley had failed to produce a trace of the plane.
A spokesman for the Strategic Air Command headquarters at Omaha, Neb., confirmed the plane was missing in the Hurley area and said it was on a practice flight.
The crash was first reported by a youth who telephoned the sheriff's department and said he had seen a flash of light in the sky which looked like a falling plane.
Minutes later the Air Force's radar bomb scoring site at Ironwood, called the sheriff and said a plane might have crashed into the flowage, a cut-over hardwood logging area into which the Montreal River has overflowed.
Men from the Air Force unit aided the sheriff's department in the search, along with a National Guard unit from Hurley. The early stages of the hunt were stymied by snow drifts which choked the road leading to the suspected scene of the crash.
The Daily Telegram Eau Claire Wisconsin 1961-02-25
FOUR KILLED IN CRASH OF BOMBER.
Hurley, Wis. (UPI) -- An Air Force B47 jet bomber carrying a crew of four on a practice bombing run crashed Friday night in a snow-covered densely forested lake flowage area 10 miles southwest of here, the Air Force said today.
One of a score of search pilots spotted the wreckage this morning and said he saw no sign of life. A Civil Defense radio network said two men may have parachuted safely before the crash, but the Air Force said this could not be confirmed.
Air Force officials identified the crewmen as:
Capt. JAMES P. JARRETT, aircraft commander, Bandana, N.C.
1st Lt. CHARLES F. WEISE, pilot, San Francisco, Calif.
1st Lt. THEODORE H. STALMACH, navigator, Miami, Fla.
1st Lt. GARY H. HANIFY, Toledo, Iowa.
The $2 million plane, attached to the 40th Bomber Wing at Forbes A.F.B at Topeka, Kan., and part of the Strategic Air Command, disappeared from the radar screen at the radar base in Ironwood, Mich., sister city of Hurley, at 10:18 p.m. CST.
About 20 planes, Piper Cubs, helicopters and cargo planes, took part in the search, along with nearly 50 men equipped with snow shoes and flashlights on the ground.
Once a pilot spotted the wreckage, the men on foot began pushing through waist-deep snowdrifts toward the crash scene.
The Herald Provo Utah 1961-02-26