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What You'll Find Here.  Newspaper articles about Train Wrecks, Fires, Floods, Shipwrecks, Plane Crashes, Accidents and other disasters.  Most of these articles list the dead and injured or missing. Use the Search Box to search for your ancestors or Browse the articles by type of disaster, state or year.

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Powell, NE Civil Air Patrol Pilot Dies in Crash of His CAP Plane, Feb 1941


Powell, NE (AP) — 2Lt Issac Richard Mastin, Civil Air Patrol pilot from the Salina Army Air Base in Kansas was killed Saturday when his CAP plane crashed in a plowed field 1.5 miles South of Powell.  read more »

Boone, IA Two Civil Air Patrol Officers Die in Crash of a Beech A45 Doing Flood Surveillance, Mar 1971


On March 13th, 1971, Civil Air Patrol Iowa Wing Commander Lt Col Robert A. Graybill was killed in the crash of N9716Z, a Beech A45, during a flight to conduct flood surveillance.  read more »

Mocksville, NC Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172P Crashes Shortly After Takeoff Injuring Two Seriously, Sep 2002


On September 10, 2002, Civil Air Patrol members David Gamble, of the 141st Search and Rescue Composite Squadron, and Ben Blankenship, of the Winston-Salem Composite Squadron were flying the CAP’s Nort  read more »

North English, IA Civil Air Patrol Cessna 182R Crashes Killing the Instructor and Seriously Injuring the Pilot, Mar 2003

Federal investigators continue to look for the cause of the deadly weekend crash of a Civil Air Patrol plane in eastern Iowa’s Keokuk County.  read more »