Washington, DC Bomber Crashes Into Home, Apr 1951


Washington, April 9. (AP) - A twin-engine bomber, crippled and abandoned by its crew, crashed into a suburban cottage yesterday and killed two little girls and their uncle.
The children's father, mother and aunt were injured.
Dead were IRVIN GUYER, of Cranford, N.J., KAY SNYDER, 7, and RENE DENISE SNYDER, two months.
The injured: MRS. GUYER, and M/Sgt. and MRS. SAMUEL SNYDER. MRS. SNYDER was SGT. SNYDER'S sister.
The B-25 bomber's three crewmen had parachuted to safety after a four-hour struggle with the crippled plane. They said they headed it toward the Chesapeake Bay before leaping out.
Air Force officers said any landing would have resulted in a violent crash, possibly fatal to the crew. The plane's landing gear had locked with one wheel down.
Witnesses at nearby Andrews Airfield, where the bomber was based, said the plane wavered and started spiraling downward shortly after the pilot jumped.
It passed low over a social club, bounced off a paved street and smashed in flames into the SNYDER home. The crash was about eight miles southeast of the Capitol, a half-mile from Andrews Field.
Volunteer firemen rescued the SNYDERS and MRS. GUYER. Flames and collapsing walls defeated efforts to free GUYER from the wreckage which pinned him from the waist down.

Alton Evening Telegraph Illinois 1951-04-09