Chollas Heights, CA Bomber Crash, Sep 1939

SIX DIE AS PLANE SNAGS ON WIRES.

NAVY MEN PERISH AS BOMBER HITS RADIO ANTENNA AND CRASHES IN FLAMES.

San Diego, Calif., Sept. 8. (AP) -- The charred bodies of six navy fliers were removed today from the wreckage of a twin-motored patrol bomber which crashed in flames last night after striking antenna wires of the long-range radio station at Chollas Heights.

Burned beyond recognition, the bodies were removed by a navy fire crew which controlled the flames after a two-hour fight. Fire trucks, were unable to reach the plane, which crashed into brush some 3,000 feet from the radio towers.

The victims:

Lt. A. H. IRONS, pilot, Coronado, Calif.
Ensign L. W. LATREMORE, Coronado.
FRANK VUKOVICH, chief aviation machinists' mate, Coronado.
H. O. WILSON, aviation machinists' mate, third class, San Diego.
V. E. NORRIS, aviation ordnance man and naval pilot, San Diego.
H. B. BERRY, radioman, third class, San Diego.

The big plane evidently encountered engine trouble as it neared the antenna network, eye-witnesses said.

Kingsport Times Tennessee 1939-09-08