Musselshell, MT Army Bomber Crash, Dec 1942


Musselshell, Mont., Dec. 30 (AP) -- A four-motored army plane crashed and burned in the wooded, sparsely-settled hill country 11 miles south of this central Montana village today, killing 10 persons.
Deputy Sheriff Frank Ottman hurried to the crash scene and returned for help. He identified the plane as belonging to the army. He said he assumed that only 10 persons were aboard the big plane since no other bodies were found.
The officer told Storekeeper W. K. Timmerman in Musselshell that two of the bodies had been flung clear of the plane and that the others were inside the charred wreckage.
The crash occurred about 3:30 P.M. (CWT).
At Great Falls, Capt. John Lloyd, press relations officer at the Great Falls Army Air Base, said the identity of the plane had "not been determined." He said army authorities were en route to Musselshell.
Ottoman quickly rounded up "quite a lot" of farmers and others near here when he first went out to the place, Timmerman said and gathered more men on his second trip.
Ambulances were on the way to this central Montana village from Roundup and Lewistown.
This community is in a sparsely-settled foothills area of the Bull Mountains, where dry farming predominates, about 23 miles east of Roundup, a coal mining center and the county seat. Scene of the accident is some 75 road miles northeast of Billings.

Amarillo Daily News Texas 1942-12-31



Great Falls, Dec. 31. -- (AP) -- Fighting men of the Army air base said a final goodbye tonight to 12 of their buddies who died in the flaming wreckage of a Flying Fortress yesterday.
Thronging the brown, steepled chapel at the base, officers and men heard memorial services conducted by Chaplain Selcraig.
As flying mates of the dead service men and others attached to the post were at attention, the chaplain read the names of the men who died when the big ship crashed near Musselshell.
Then silently they filed out, ready again for the grim business of war.

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Musselshell Crash

Cpl Murray was my Uncle whom I never knew. I happened to visit the crash site many years ago just outside of Musselshell. There were still ruts from the crash and scattered debris. It is my understanding that a pilot from another plane who was in formation when the plane met its fate had written a book recalling the account. I would appreciate hearing from any other family members of the deceased. Further if anyone has the name of the book I would appreciate this also.
I certainly appreciate Mr.Beitler's entry on this website.

Musselshell MT Army Plane Crash December 1942

Mr. Beitler:

Hulon (shown as Rulon) B. Dutton was my grandfather. My father David never knew him, but had heard about him from his Grandmother. My dad was less than six months old when he died. He tried to do some research about my grandfather and got finally found out that the location was near Musselshell, MT. He wanted to visit the site some day, but he his gettng older and not able to travel as well now.

Hulon Boyce Dutton was a basketball player in school and helped build the Old Rock Gymnasium with many of the young men in a little community called Sonoraville. The school was called Sonoraville and he attended school there as a young man until hign school. I attended elementary school there myself. It was eventually closed, but the Old Rock Gym remains and Sonoraville High School was built around the site.

Thank you for keeping the article about the plane crash alive.