Seattle, WA Service Men Die In Transport Crash, Nov 1955

Listing of the Fatalities:
EARL McGRATH, 29, of Miami, Fla., reserve pilot flying as passenger.
Sgt. 1-C H. L. BROWN, Replete, W. Va.
Sgt. R. F. HAYES, Rochester, N.Y.
Specialist 3-C E. BORDERS, Chicago, Illinois.
Col. J. PARKER, Chicago, Illinois.
Specialist 3-C A. A. ROCHLING, Akron, N.Y.
Sgt. 1-C TALMUS A. JACKSON, 31, Irvington, N.J.
Sgt. 1-C A. KAUKES, New York City, N.Y.
Pfc. D. RUSSELL, JR., Newark, N.J.
Specialist 3-C F. J. ERNST, Baltimore, Md.
Specialist 3-C P. V. BLACK, Audubon, N.J.
Cpt. J. J. CLESIAK, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pfc. W. W. WOLICK, Southwich, Mass.
Sgt. 1-C ROBERT J. CARUTH, Rockford, Illinois.
Specialist 2-C A. P. TRUITT, Burlington, N.C.
Pvt. N. T. SEALLY, Olean, N.Y.
Pvt. H. B. DUNCAN, Lake City, Tenn.
Pfc. H. MANGENO, Van Dyke, Mich.
Cpl. T. C. DILLO, Monaville, W. Va.
Pvt. W. R. ANDERSON, Mt. Bayou, Miss.
Cpl. V. L. TYLINSKI, Oak Lawn, Illinois.
Pfc. DONALD G. TUMA, 20, Two Rivers, Wis.
Pvt. C. J. SHELTON, Hutchinson, Kan.
Pvt. R. E. NOREDEN, Eonleham, Mass.
Specialist 3-C R. E. THORNTON, Troy, N.Y.
Pvt. J. A. PETERSON, Margate, N.J.
Pvt. J. K. MOORE, Sellersville, Pa.
Survivors of the Crash.
FRED HALL, first officer.
Steward ADAMS, all of Miami, Florida.
MRS. VIRGINIA McGRATH and three children, RICHARD, 8; TOM, 5; and MARY, 4. she is the wife of EARL McGRATH who perished.
Pfc. JAMES W. SMITH, 25, Frederick, Md.
SP3 ELBERT W. LEATHERMAN, 50, Cumberland, Md.
Pfc. ANDREW W. MALINARKO, 19, Johnstown, Pa.
Pfc. JAMES F. McDEVITT, 19, Williamstown, N.J.
Pvt. JOSEPH F. SIMON, 19, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pfc. C. A. LENHART, 21, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Pfc. DALE E. SHEWMATE, 20, Paris, Illinois.
Pfc. THOMAS H. VAN HORN, 21, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Cpl. HUGO WEISS, 20, New York City, N.Y.
Pfc. ROBERT E. FISCHER, 19, Mercer, Pa.
Pfc. H. L. RICKER, 20, Yarmouth, Me.
Pvt. DONALD J. JOHNSON, 20, Olean, N.Y.
Pfc. REGINALD A. LAYOFF, JR., 20, Chicago, Illinois.
Pfc. DAVID C. KENT, 29, Newburyport, Mass.
SP3 RAYMOND STALTER, East Keansburg, N.J.
Pfc. EARL EDINGER, 21, Elwood City, Pa.
SP3 RICHARD L. COON, 19, Tivoli, N.Y.
Pvt. JOHN T. JAMISON, 20, Greensburg, Pa.
Cpl. ROBERT G. OBERG, 18, Waltham, Mass.
Pfc. PETER B. TAMBURIN, 19, Wheeling, W. Va.
Pfc. JOHN THOMAS, Philadelphia, Pa.
Pfc. EUGENE SMITH, 21, Philadelphia, Pa.
SP3 JOHN PREDERGAST, Chicago, Illinois.
SP3 KENNETH UPPSTROM, Worcester, Mass.
Pfc. WILL H. QUEEN, Washington, D.C.
SP3 EVERETT H. TRAINOR, Bayville, Long Island, N.Y.
Pfc. W. R. JOHNSON, Norfolk, Va.
Cpl. ADISLIS MARICS, Island Park, N.J.
SP3 EGEREF CASEY, Chicago, Illinois.
SP3 ROBERT STEWART, New Hampshire.
Sgt. HARLON L. THOMAS, Frankfort, Ohio.
Pfc. RAYMOND W. MERO, Willsboro, N.Y.
Cpl. FELIX ST. LOUIS, Peoria, Illinois.
Pvt. RHINER E. GROENDYK, Saranac, Mich.
M/Sgt. MICHELE GUERRERA, Waterbury, Conn.
Sgt. FREDERICK W. HUDSON, 26, Joliet Road, Clay, N.Y.
S/Sgt T. J. GOSTINGER, Port Huron, Mich.


Your Uncle John Thomas

Hi Carolyn,
I just signed on to the site and saw your posting to me. If you would like to compare notes and talk contact me at h2343762@aol.com

Plane crash

Hello Robert, just saw your message..I was one of the kids in the crash. It’s so amazing that you remember us on the plane. Would love to hear any other memories you have. Thanks for reaching out, My email is mmc0110@aol.com. Sincerely , Mary McGrath

Plane crash

I live in Barnstead NH. Do you folks still live in Mass?,
and how are you doing.Bob Oberg

Christine Wescott

Hello - My uncle John Thomas, whom I have never met was a survivor of this crash and passed away a few days later from his injuries. I hope to learn as much as I can about this crash and hope to connect with people who have stories to share. Looking forward to hearing from you...

Sitting across the isle from you

I remember you children. I was sitting on the left side of the plane.We were right up front. Sorry about your dad.God bless you kids and your mother. Robert from new Hampshire.

Your father Ed McGrath and 1955 Plane Crash

Hi Mary,
I am Christine Wescott and as I stated before, My father was one of the soldiers on board the ill fated 1955 plane crash. I have found a survivor Gene Casey who now lives in Bartow FL. He was sitting behind you originally before he moved his seat and remembers your family. I am really interested in speaking to you and I know Gene would also. Please contact me at H2343762@aol.com
Thank you

Hi Mary, My father Robert

Hi Mary,
My father Robert Wescott was a survivor on that plane crash. Please accept my condolences on your loss. Could you give me more information on this accident? My father was killed in Vietnam in 1969. I want to find out about him and what happened that day.
Thank you
Christine Wescott


I was one of the three children on the plane ..My father who died in the crash was Edward McGrath. Not Earl.. I was supposedly thrown from the plane as it hit the first tree. I was found and taken to a different hospital than my mother and 2 brothers.

Nov 17 '55 air crash in Seattle (Boulevard Park)

A friend claims he was driving a tow truck in the area at the time of the crash and used the truck's winch/cable to pull some of the wreckage apart, helping some of the passengers escape. Is there any printed record of this?


I remember this one. It came right over our extremely humble house above and south west of BFI. I'm still stunned by it.

Trig Johnston
Captain, NWA (Ret)
New River, AZ