Denver, CO Bomber Crashes Into Homes, Dec 1951

Ruins of Bomber Crash


Denver, Dec. 3. (AP) -- A B-29 bomber trying to reach Lowry airforce base with one motor not working crashed into a row of swank residential homes today, apparently killing eight airmen. At least one civilian and five airmen were injured. Five houses were damaged -- four of them demolished.

Denver, Dec. 3. (AP) -- A B-29 bomber smashed into a row of swank Denver homes Monday and first reports said that nine persons aboard the plane were killed and two babies were believed trapped in one of the burning houses.
The information came from Police Capt. JAMES E. CHILDERS, who was one of the officers directing rescue operations.
"I can't vouch for the reports," he told newsmen.
CHILDERS said he was informed the plane carried a crew of 14 persons and that five had been saved from the flames.
Four houses were set on fire.
An eyewitness, MRS. S. G. BROOKS, said the plane appeared to hit the treetops and explode, shooting flames high into the air.
In New District.
The accident occurred near Eudora and Bayaud streets in a new residential district made up of modernistic and ranch type homes.
MRS. HOMER H. OWEN, who lives half a block from the crash scene, said four homes caught fire.
"It's terrible," said MRS. OWEN a few minutes after the crash. She was talking on the telephone at the time of the accident and did not see it.
"I thought from the terrible noise it was going to hit our house," she reported.
The first eyewitness account of the crash came from a woman who was standing several miles away on a knoll. MRS. S. G. BROOKS said she first noticed the plane flying very low.
"It seemed to hit the treetops and just exploded and the flames shot high into the air. Everything was flames. I've never seen anything like it."
She fixed the time of the crash at 11:20 a.m., MST.

The Post Reporter Idaho Falls Idaho 1951-12-03

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Denver Air Crash 1951

My dad was a staff sergeant in the Air Force and was sitting in the navagator's seat of this plane when it crashed. He told me that the nose of the plane next to where he was seated just opened up and he walked out almost unharmed. He went back into the burning plane and rescued the crew chief. The chief then went back in and pulled out the pilot and copilot, but they both died. The tailgunner was the only other airman who survived the crash and this took an adrenaline enhanced effort by someone on the grond who broke through the reinforced glass at the back of the plane with a pipewrench and pulled him to safety.

My dad never told me the details of how horrific this crash really was. It's a miracle anybody survived. My dad passed away last week and we buried him yesterday with military honors. I know he felt guilty that he did not go back into the burning plane and help the crew chief, but given the terror he no doubt felt, I think he did okay under the circumstances.


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1951 Air Crash - Denver

I was a student at Graland Country Day School and saw this crash from my class room window. It was truly frightening to see. I will never forget it!

I would like a printable copy of the newspaper article, if at all possible.

Thank you.