New Augusta, MS Bomber Crash, Sept 1942
Four Army Air Corp servicemen lost their lives in a mid-air collison on Sept. 5, 1942 in a wooded area in the Prospect Community, approximately 7 miles north of New Augusta, in Perry County, MS. 2nd Lt. George R. Pritchard of Brookhaven, MS was flying the twin-engine Douglas A20 Bomber from the Army Air Base/16th Bomb Squadron out of Hattiesburg, MS during a two ship local formation flight, when the mid-air collison occurred. Upon striking a thermal current the left wing of the second ship struck and completely carried away the right elevator and horizontal stabilizer of the first ship causing it to plunge to the ground, and killing Lt. Pritchard and his crew. Other crew members were indentified as 2nd Lt. Lethco A. Groce Jr. of Greer S.C., Staff Sgt. Floyd C. Lones of Fresno, CA, and Sgt George C. Kaiser of Cape Girardeau, MO.
---From the official Technical Aviation Accident Report.