Knob Noster, MO Jet Crashes Into Home, Feb 1956
JET HITS HOUSE; 4 KILLED; MOTHER AND SON ESCAPE.
Knob Noster, Mo. (AP) - A mother and her son miraculously escaped serious injury yesterday when a six-engine B47 jet bomber exploded and smashed into their small frame farmhouse. The plane's four crewmen were killed.
MRS. CLAY CURTIS and her son DANNY, 14, were in the dining room of the four-room house. DANNY, ill with the flu, was lying on a couch in his pajamas. Suddenly they heard a terrific roar.
"That must have been an airplane," DANNY recalled saying to his mother. Then the big ship came hurtling into the house, setting it on fire.
"About all we heard was the roar and the crash," said MRS. CURTIS. "Everything was a mass of flame. We started out the kitchen door but it stuck and we had a hard time getting it open."
MRS. CURTIS and her son suffered only minor burns. The home was destroyed.
It was the second plane in one day to crash into a farmhouse. A four-engine Superfort crashed earlier near Dayton, Ohio, and smashed into an unoccupied dwelling, killing all 11 aboard.
Witnesses said the Knob Noster plane, based at nearby Whiteman Air Force Base, exploded about 200 feet above the ground before it crashed.
It appeared only a wing of the plane hit the house, authorities said. The nose of the craft dug a huge crater near the house.
Crewmen killed were:
CAPT. ROBERT R. HAYES, 37, Knoxville, Iowa.
CAPT. JAMES P. GLANOKOS, 36, Rock Creek, Minn.
LT. JAMES L. PETERA, 27, Lakeland, Fla.
CAPT. FRANK J. MATUSZEWSKI, 35, Chicago, Ill.
The Index-Journal Greenwood South Carolina 1956-02-28