Luke Field Honolulu, HI Mid-Air Collision, Jan 1936
6 ARMY FLIERS ARE KILLED IN MID-AIR CRASH.
BIG BOMBERS PLUNGE IN FLAMES AT LUKE FIELD, HAWAII.
2 SAVED BY 'CHUTES.
LIEUTENANT, SERGEANT AND FOUR PRIVATES MEET DEATH.
Honolulu, Jan. 25. - (AP) - Six army airmen were killed in a night collision of two big bombers which crashed in winding sheets of flame at Luke Field, military air base on Ford Island.
Two others aboard the planes were able to bail out in parachutes and escaped with injuries.
Army authorities ordered an immediate investigation of the crash, one of Hawaii's worst aviation disasters.
LIEUT. WILLIAM G. BEARD, 28, San Francisco.
STAFF SERGT. BERNARD F. JABYLONOWSKY, 33, Honolulu.
PVT. JOHN B. HARTMAN, 27, Chicago.
PVT. BRUCE TAYLOR, 26, Puyallup, Wash.
PVT. TRUMAN J. GARDNER, 27, Olney, Ill.
PVT. GORDON M. PARKHURST, 43, Yorkville, N.Y.
The two who escaped were Reserve Lieut. Charles E. Fisher, 23, Ashville, N.C., pilot of one of the planes, and Pvt. Thomas E. Lanigan, 24, Richmond, Va., who was aboard the other.
Lieutenant Fisher twice escaped death. He barely managed to leap clear when the planes crashed. Then his parachute did not open.
He plummeted toward earth, his fall unchecked. Scarcely 100 feet above the ground his chute caught on a rope extending from an oil tank to the ground and left him dangling a few yards about the earth.
The Lincoln Star Nebraska 1936-01-25