Birmingham, AL B-25 Bomber Crash, Nov 1949


Birmingham, Ala., Nov. 27, (INS) - An Air Force B-25 bomber crashed today near Birmingham, carrying the pilot to his death and causing another of the two occupants to die when his parachute opened too near the ground. A third man parachuted to safety.
An Air Force spokesman at Maxwell Field said the Pilot was COL. ORVILLE E. MOHLER, of Glendale, Calif., a student at the air was college of the air university at Maxwell Field. COL. MOHLER was killed at the controls of the plane when it smashed into a farmer's field 16 miles north of Birmingham.
Killed in the belated jump was COL. MOHLER'S instructor, COL. R. B. RICHARDS, whose 'chute blossomed open only a moment before his body plunged into the ground after a leap from approximately 75 feet altitude.
Master Sgt. R. C. McKey, crew chief aboard the plane, jumped a few moments before COL. RICHARDS and escaped injury.
MOHLER was the famous quarterback of the University of Southern California's football team in the early 30s when that squad was called the thundering ox and was trampling the best elevens in the country.

Lubbock Morning Avalanche Texas 1949-11-28


Bomber crash 1948 or 1949

When I was 5 or 6 years old, we had moved into a new home at 1411 Hoke St Gadsden Al
35903. It was warm weather and we were cooking out on the side porch with family.
We kept hearing what we thought was a large truck or plane in the distance. After about 15-20 minutes, a large ww2 bomber suddenly flew over our house touched the pine tree tops an set our yard on fire which was covered in pine straw.
The right engine was on fire and was spewing molten metal. It was a twin engine bomber and the pilot and copilot had bailed over highway 11 near Gadsden.
I can find no record of the crash! Help????? Tks. Don