Indian Oaks, TX Crippled Bomber Crashes, Aug 1950
CRIPPLED B-29 CRASHES, KILLS FOUR CREWMEN.
Fort Worth (AP) -- A crippled B-29 bomber crashed and burned in a field five miles north of Carswell Air Force Base Monday, killing four crewmen.
Eight crewmen got away with minor injuries as the four-engined bomber narrowly missed a cluster of houses, struck the field and slithered almost half a mile. They tumbled from the Superfortress as it plowed crazily along the ground.
Three charred bodies were removed from the nose section of the plane and one from the center section.
The bomber was from Barksdale air force base, near Shreveport, La. It apparently was trying to land at Carswell.
Mrs. A. L. Cronk of Lake Worth said she and her husband took two of the surviving crewmen to the Carswell base hospital in their car. Both were dazed but one was able to talk.
"I couldn't pull it up. I couldn't pull it up," he kept repeating.
She didn't learn the fliers' names.
An explosion of fuel ripped the bomber as it ended its slide through the tree-studded field.
Robert V. Bail of Fort Worth said he saw the plane circling with its left landing gear down but its right landing gear up.
Witnesses said the plane circled the field several times, apparently trying to land but in trouble.
It was from the 91st bomb group, 91st strategic reconnaisance wing, second air force, Barksdale. The plane commander was one of the survivors.
Officers on the apron said the plane appeared to be coming in for a landing at about 1,000 feet. However, the control tower said the plane had not contacted it.
The plane crashed in Indian Oaks, a village on the outskirts of Fort Worth.
One witness said the plane dropped two flares before it crashed.
Barksdale AFB spokesmen identified the dead as:
Capt. BERNARD J. McKENNA, navigator, Staten Island, N.Y.
1st Lt. MICHAEL J. ROYCE, navigator, Arlington, Mass.
1st Lt. WILLIAM NICHOLSON, navigator, of (RFD 2, box 100), Barnesboro, Pa.
1st Lt. ARMAND S. TREPANIER, of 127 Chestnut St., Holyoke, Mass., an observer.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin Washington 1950-08-15