Ann Arbor, MI Three Civil Air Patrol Members Die in Crash of Civil Air Patrol Plane During a Blinding Snowstorm, Apr 1944
This accident happened on April 3, 1944.
From the Saturday, April 8, 1944 The Michigan Daily, front page:
Three Killed: Wrecked CAP Plane Found 7 Miles West of Ann Arbor
The search for a pilot and two passengers missing since Monday was ended yesterday with the discovery of their wrecked Civil Air Patrol plane in a woodlot on a farm on Parker Rd., about seven miles west of Ann Arbor, one-half mile north of US 12.
The plane and the bodies were found about 10:30 a.m. by three Ann Arbor boys, Thomas and Raymond Young, 15 and 13 respectively, and Robert McAllister, 17, who were riding horseback through the woods.
The plane left Benton Harbor Monday on flight to Detroit, during a blinding snowstorm. A control tower near Detroit received a radio message from the plane about two hours after takeoff. The pilot said he was unable to contact the Lansing airport and was heading for Ohio with enough gas to continue for 300 miles. The plane was last heard from over Northville.
The men killed were Allen Dillon, 36, pilot, of Benton Harbor; Richard Ford, 25, of Berrien Springs, and Robert Burke, 28, of Niles.
Civil Air Patrol investigations conducted preliminary investigations yesterday. Main investigations will be carried on today.
Ronald Hinterman, CAP investigator for Ann Arbor, stated that the plane hit a tree, bounced 36 feet, and then skidded 330 feet over rolling terrain. The bodies were thrown clear of the plane and all three were apparantly killed instantly.
Mr. Hinterman further stated that the radio was in good working order. The engine also was running full throttle.
The fact that the gas tanks were thrown from the plane, probably accounts for their not being set on fire.
The plane, which was flying on instruments, was not trying to land. CAP investigators believe that the plane had lost considerable altitude because of the storm, and had crashed into the tree.
Richard F. Ford Find a Grave memorial - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/128463263/richard-f.-ford
Robert St. John Burke Find a Grave memorial - https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/209992910/robert-st._john-burke