Honolulu, HI Army Bomber Planes Collide, Jan 1936

Six Army Fliers Killed in Hawaiian Crash; 2 Bombers Fall in Flames After Collision

HONOLULU, Jan. 24 — Six army
fliers were killed tonight when two
big bombing planes collided 1,000
feet over Luke Field and plunged
to the ground in flames.
The victims of one of Hawaii's
worst aviation disasters comprised
one officer and five enlisted men.
Army authorities named them a s :
Lieutenant William G. Beard, San
Staff Sergeant Bernard F. Jablonowsky.
Privates John B. Hartman of Chicago;
Bruce Taylor, address not
given, and t w o others named Gardner
and Parkhurst.
Further identification or home
addresses of the victims were not
immediately available.
Two others aboard the planes escaped
the shattering crash by bailing
out in parachutes. They were Air
Reserve Lieutenant Charles E.
Fisher of Asheville, N. C , and a
private named Lanigan.
Each suffered minor lacerations
and bruises in the collision, which
occurred shortly after 7 P. M.
[12:30 A. M. Saturday, Eastern
standard time].
The planes collided with a roar
heard virtually all over Honolulu,
several miles away, and the glare
of the burning ships was visible
along Waikiki Beach, ten miles
from Luke Field, which is on Ford
Island in Pearl Harbor.
The craft fell within 100 feet of
the fleet air base gasoline tanks,
but navy fire-fighters extinguished
the flames before the tanks were
The crash followed manoeuvres
in which eight bombing planes participated.
They took off from the
field about dusk and were noticed
passing over Waikiki, flying under
a clear sky.
After a flight of about an hour
and a half the planes turned toward
Luke Field, part of which is
used by the Army Air Corps and
the rest by the navy air units.

Jan. 25, 1936 edition of The New York Times