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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 105566
Last updated: 13 October 2021
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Type:Douglas B-18A Bolo
Owner/operator:73rd BSqn USAAC
Registration: 37-523
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:20 miles SW of Morton, WA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:McChord Field WA
Destination airport:Sacramento Air Depot
Departed McChord 1020 on 16th to conduct bombing practice at Muroc Dry Lake. It was to stop at Sacramento to refuel. Wreckage was found about 20 miles SW of Morton, Washington in dense undergrowth at the base of Huckleberry Mountain. Plane flew into 3811' Deschutes Peak in low visibility and exploded. The wreckage indicated the engine were at full throttle at time of impact.

1/LT Robert Mathias Krummes, O-22211 (pilot)
LT Charles Thomas Nielson (co-pilot)
2/LT John Firenso Geis, O-396446 (navigator)
1/LT Lewis E Mackay (passenger)
T/SGT Hearn A Davis, 6376686 (engineer)
SGT Leo H Nietling, 6550336 (radio operator)
SGT Paul L Maas, 6833803 (bombardier)

Associated Press article "Missing Army Bomber Found, Seven Dead", 04 February 1941
United Press article, "Officers Attribute Crash to Poor Visibility," 05 February 1941

Revision history:

25-Jan-2018 17:27 Dave W Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2018 06:57 Nepa Updated [Operator, Operator]
21-Feb-2021 15:42 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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