Hobart, OK Air Force B-47 Stratojet Crash, Nov 1956
Four Killed In Crash of Stratojet
Hobart, Okla., (UP)-An Air Force B-47 Stratojet Air Command base at nearby Altus, Okla., crashed on a farm near here late Tuesday and exploded, killing four officers.
Officials identified the victims as Maj. Joseph E. Wilford, aircraft commander, Capt. Francis P. Bouschard, pilot, Capt. Lee D. Ellis, Jr., instructor-aircraft observer, all having families at Altus, and 1st Lt. Andrew J. Toalson, observer, Bartlesville, Okla. All were attached to the 96th Bombardment Wing at Altus Air Force Base.
The swept-wing four engine jet, which normally carries a crew of three, was on a routine training mission when it crashed into a hay barn, scattering pieces of framing wreckage over a quarter-mile area just of this south western Oklahoma city.
Ranson Hancock, publisher of the Hobart Democrat Chief, said the plane apparently encountered engine trouble.
He said the long-range jet bomber hit the ground about 320 yards west of a barn owned by Charles C. Harris, skidded into the barn and exploded.
Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, TX 7 Nov 1956