Eglin Field, FL Bomber Crash, Jul 1947


Eglin Field, Fla. - (UP) - Capt. Robert Gaughan, public relations officer here, announced that nine crew members were killed and another seriously injured when a four-motored B-29-45-MO Superfortress bomber crashed today near Niceville, Fla.
The crash occurred at 11:13 a.m., Gaughan said.
The plane had taken off a short time before from Eglin Field on a routine training flight.

Killed in the crash were:
CAPT. GORDON W. BARRETT, instructor pilot, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
1st LT. HUDDIE C. BAGLEY, pilot, of Braufield, Texas.
CAPT. ROBERT M. SELDOMRIDGE, co-pilot, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
1st LT. JOSEPH A. ANDERSON, navigator, of Shalimar, Florida.
1st LT. MILTON ROSE, navigator, of Fort Walton, Florida.
MASTER SGT. MICHELE AULICINO, engineer, of Mary Esther, Florida.
STAFF SGT. HUGH T. MULHOLLAND, scanner, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
CPL. ASHLEY W. ODOM, scanner, of McBee, South Carolina.
PFC. DONALD D. CRAWFORD, scanner, of Fort Worth, Texas.
Injured were:
S/SGT. JEREMIAH W. CONLON, scanner, of Worthington, Kentucky; admitted to the Eglin Hospital with abrasions of the face and head, and ankle injuries.
S/SGT. LLOYD D. FARRIS, radio operator, of Pensacola, Florida; minor injuries, admitted for observation.

The Superfortress apparently failed to gain much altitude before coming down, said Capt. Gaughan. Cause of the crash was undetermined and a board has been named to investigate.

The News Herald Franklin Pennsylvania