Palm Springs, CA American Airlines DC-3 and Army Bomber Collide, Oct 1942

Questioned about reports of a midcollision, KLUG said he saw no other plane in the air.

"The plane shook and quivered," MISS POHL said, "and then the tail appeared to fall off and the ship started to spin."

"I didn't see any other plane."

Soldiers from nearby posts and tourists from this fashionable resort rushed to the ridge when the plane crashed, hoping to rescue the occupants, but the flames barred them. Several soldiers tried to get through the flames without success. A military retail[sic] guarded the smouldering ruins all night.

C. BAKER of Phoenix, one of the passengers, was a blind man. He was accompanying Commissioner HENDERSON from Los Angeles to Phoenix.

The body of MISS ESTELLE REGAN, Dallas, the stewardess, was thrown clear of the wreckage and consequently was not burned.

The pilot was Capt. CHARLES F. PEDLEY, of Dallas, a veteran of the commercial air lines, and a widely known airman. His co-pilot was First Officer L. F. REPPERT, of Fort Worth, Tex.

Concerning the Air Lines statement that the plane had been in collision with an army bomber, army authorities here said the report was "unconfirmed."

The passengers:
BAKER, C., Phoenix.
BIRD, FRANK, Los Angeles, an engineer.
HEDE. L. A., Winston-Salem, N. C.
HENDERSON, M. C., Phoenix.
ROSSER, JOSEPH, Santa Ana, Cal.
VEST, B. R., JR., Indianapolis.
WALLACE, E. H., Las Vegas, Nev.
WERT, CHARLES M., Los Angeles, engineer.
RAINGER was born RALPH REICHENTHAL in New York City 41 years ago. He attended New Jersey law school and was admitted to the bar before turning to song writing. He collaborated in musical scores for a number of movies, including "Waikiki Wedding," "Ruggles Of Red Gap," and ironically, "Palm Springs."
Many of his songs were popularized by Bing Crosby.

Hammond Times Louisiana 1942-10-25


October 23, 1942 - All 12 passengers and crewmen aboard an American Airlines DC-3 airliner are killed when it is struck by a U.S. Army Air Forces bomber near Palm Springs, California. Amongst the victims is award-winning composer and songwriter Ralph Rainger ("Thanks for the Memory", "Love in Bloom", "Blue Hawaii"). -- wikipedia.org