Rotan, TX Bomber Crashes, Jan 1947
TWO KILLED, 6 HURT IN CRASH OF B-29.
Rotan, (AP) -- Two persons were killed while six others parachuted to safety as an army B-29 Super-bomber crashed and burned nine miles southwest of Rotan early yesterday afternoon.
Three crewmen were injured.
The plane was being ferried from Smoky Hill Army Airfield at Salina, Kas., to the Pyote, Texas, army air field.
Lieut. E. R. HENNINGSEN of Salina, pilot, said the crash was caused by a propeller shaft that came off and cut into the fuselage, resulting in loss of control of the plane.
Army air forces officials at Salina listed the dead as:
First Lieut. LEONARD J. DAVENPORT, Ithaca, N.Y.
T-Sgt. BASIN L. JOSEPH, Salina, Kas.
The injured were:
First Lieut. ELMER R. HENNINGSEN, Salina.
First Lieut. PAUL C. TAYLOR.
Sgt. JAMES W. FELKEL.
Other survivors were:
Lieut. MOODY E. DEATON, Denison, Texas.
Lieut. RICHARD L. JARRISON, Hemet, Calif.
T-Sgt. WALDO A. HORTON.
The crash was witnessed by Lester Hardin, a farmer. Hardin said "the propeller seemed to knock off part of the tail. The plane caught fire and when it crashed there was an explosion."
Wreckage was scattered over an area 400 yards long and 100 yards wide.
The Paris News Texas 1947-01-21