Larkspur, CO Bomber Crash, Feb 1944
PLANE LOST NEAR DENVER.
Denver, Feb. 28. -- Lowry Field public relations office announced today a plane from the Clovis, N. Mex., army airbase was missing and believed down in an area 40 miles south of Denver.
The plane, the PRO said, flew over Denver at 9:40 p.m. (MWT) Saturday and did not land but received clearance from the Denver Municipal airport to proceed southward. Nothing further was heard from the craft.
Several planes from Lowry were sent out to scout the area in which the plane was believed crashed.
The Lowry operations office asked persons living between Denver and Colorado Springs to report if they heard a low-flying plane between 9:45 and 10 p.m. Saturday.
At Colorado Springs, Second Air Force Headquarters called on all persons in rural areas between Denver and Clovis to assist in the search for the missing four-motor bomber and its 10-man crew. Radio contact with the plane was lost, the Second Air Force Headquarters said after it left the Denver area.
Civil air patrol planes from the Colorado Springs area were conducting a search for the lost craft today.
The Second Air Force Headquarters announced the following were aboard the plane:
Second Lt. JOSEPH J. BEESON, JR., pilot, son of Joseph J. Beeson, Sr., Washington, D.C.
Second Lt. HARRY B. DAVIS, co-pilot, son of Mrs. Elizabeth Davis, Philadelphia, Pa.
Second Lt. HARRY L. BARRY, navigator, son of Mrs. Alberta Livengood, Columbus, Ohio.
Second Lt. JACK T. LAIRD, bombardier, husband of Mrs. J. T. Laird, Clovis, N.M. and son of Thomas W. Laird, Klamath Falls, Ore.
Flight Officer FRED GENTRY, engineer, husband of Mrs. G. D. Gentry, Clovis, N.M., and son of Mrs. Lucile Gentry, Decatur, Ill.
Corp. RALPH C. JUDAH, radio operator, son of Mrs. Nellie O. Judah, Iola, La.
Corp. JAMES F. PERRY, fire control operator, son of Mrs. Elizabeth O. Perry, Charlotte, N.C.
Corp. JOSEPH J. FENDRICK, gunner, son of Mrs. Ruth Fendrick, Edgemore, Queens, N.Y.
Corp. GLENN L. STUTEMAN, gunner, brother of Carl D. Stuteman, Wellman, Washington, Ia.
Corp. JAMES R. YOUNG, gunner, husband of Mrs. Marada Young, Port Arthur, Tex.
Second AIr Force Headquarters urged that any information about the plane he communicated to the Second Air Force, search and rescue section at Colorado Springs, Main 8380, Extension 58, or to the army air field at Clovis, N.M., where search flights are in progress.
Greeley Daily Tribune Colorado 1944-02-28
Transcriber's Note: The wreckage was not discovered until (or around) May 22, 1945.