Versailles, MO Private Plane Crash, Jan 1946

ONE KILLED IN A PLANE CRASH.

R. B. ANSPAUGH LOST LIFE IN IT NEAR VERSAILLES.

Versailles, Mo., Jan. 29 - (AP) - RUSSELL B. ANSPAUGH, of (2337 Adams Street) Indianapolis was killed and ROBERT P. LEE of (628 N. Mulberry St.) Muncie, Ind., was injured in a plane crash near the Versailles airport Monday.
LEE, owner and pilot of the plane, walked away, from the crash and apparently suffered only head lacerations. He was taken to a hospital at Boonville for further examination.
Charles Harris, operator of the privately developed airport, said the ship spun to earth and bounced 20 feet. It was circling the field in preparation for a landing, he reported, when it crashed while making a climbing turn.

Monday evening the Democrat's correspondent at Versailles telephoned the accident was at 3:05 o'clock in the afternoon. The plane fell in a field at the junction of highway 5 and 52, one mile north of Versailles. ANSPAUGH fatally injured suffered a triple fracture of the skull passing away an hour after being taken to the Gunn Clinic, never regaining consciousness.
The plane did not take fire.
It was delivered to pilot LEE at Hutchinson, Kan., Monday morning he having purchased it there.
ANSPAUGH, victim of the crash, made the trip to Hutchinson with pilot LEE just for the trip and an airplane ride back home. He was a brakeman on the New York Central.
A widow and son survive him.
The body was taken to the Kidwell Funeral home in Versailles.

Sedalia Democrat Missouri 1946-01-29