Tucson, AZ Bomber Crashes, Mar 1952


Tucson, Ariz., March 26 (AP) -- Eight airmen were killed today when their crippled B-29 crashed and burned as it attempted to reach Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
The plane radioed the Davis-Monthan tower that one of its engines was dead and than it was returning to the base to land. It crashed minutes later. Eight bodies have been removed from the wreckage. The plane was from the 43rd Bomb Wing.
The base announced the big bomber had taken off on a routine mission at approximately 2:20 p.m. At 2:25 p.m. the crew said it was returning with one engine not operating.
The ship crashed and exploded five miles southwest of the base at 2:30 p.m.
Workers at Grand Central Aircraft Co. saw the bomber approaching a runway for a landing. It appeared to stall and nose into the ground. It exploded and burst into flames.
Chris Cole, Arizona Daily Star reporter, flew over the area a few minutes after the crash. He said, "There were two burning engines, a twisted, blackened chunk of the tail, and a circle of burned desert about 300 yards in diameter. That was all."
Names of the eight fliers who died:
Capt. NORMAN O. RICHARDS, 33, air commander, Los Gatos, Calif.
2nd Lt. LYSLE V. FRIEND, 27, pilot, Romney, W. Va.
1st Lt. THOMAS J. McKEOWN, 32, navigator, Tucson.
1st Lt. RICHARD MURDOCH, 32, observer, Tucson.
T/Sgt. ELLSWORTH SPRINGER, 40, engineer, Tucson.
Pfc. GEORGE P. TURNER, 20, radio operator, Pasadena, Calif.
Cpl. BURTON H. ROCHELLE, 20, crewman, Los Angeles.
Pfc. KENNETH P. CARDINAL, 21, crewman, Shelton, Wash.

Albuquerque Jorunal New Mexico 1952-03-27