Julian, CA (near) Bombers Collide, Jan 1940



San Diego, Cal. -- The 14th naval district announced that one navy flier had been killed in a mid-air collision of two torpedo bombers and that the other five members of the two crews had been accounted for.
JAMES ADDISON CROWSON, 24, of Maysville, Ala., second pilot, U. S. naval reserve, was killed, the navy announced. All others parachuted safely to earth. Only one, HAROLD FUNK, 25, of Ray, Colo., required hospital treatment. He wrenched a knee and was cut and bruised.
The planes collided late yesterday as they flew side-by-side in the clouds 10,000 feet over the Mt. Palomar region northeast of San Diego.
They were caught in a strong downdraft, survivors said, and brushed together, shearing portions of the wings from each craft.
The crash occurred about 20 miles east of Julian.
FUNK is an ensign in the naval reserve and was piloting one of the planes. The other survivors were:
Ensign WALTER GLENN BARNES, JR., 25, pilot, U. S. naval reserve, Denver.
PAUL EUGENE DICKSON, 26, aviation machinist's mate 1st class, second pilot, Springfield, Ohio.
CHARLEY WESLEY POST, 24, radioman 2nd class, Troutdale, Ore.
ELMER EDWIN JACKSON, 22, radioman 3rd class, Hendersonville, N. C.
The planes were from the airplane carrier Saratoga, now based here. They are known as type TBD-1 -- conventional land type planes, all metal, equipped to carry either torpedoes or bombs. With their single 1,000 horsepower engines, they have a maximum speed of over 200 miles an hour.
They were on a routine training flight and were returning to their base when the accident occurred.
The crash came so suddenly that the radiomen aboard were unable to communicate details to the base station. Only one cryptic message was received.
"Two members bailing out," it said. The plane from which the message came was not identified and nothing more was heard.

Middlesboro Daily News Kentucky 1940-01-13