Lovelock, NV Bomber Crash, Feb 1941



Investigating army officers this morning made a daylight survey of the scene of the wreck of the four-motored United States army bomber on the west slope of the Trinity mountain range, twelve miles airline west of Lovelock, in a further effort to fix the cause of the crash yesterday in which the plane's crew of eight burned to death.

The three-member aircraft accident board arrived in Lovelock late last night, accompanied by Col. Thomas W. Miller of the grazing service from Reno, and immediately visited the scene of the crash, where a cordon of CCC workers had been formed to keep spectators at a distance.

Witnesses to the accident repeated their versions of the crash for the board in Lovelock today. The officers returned from the all-night visit to the scene of the disaster at four o'clock this morning. The investigation was expected to occupy three or four days, officers said.

Bodies of eight men who died in the wreck of the bombing plane, were taken to the Eddy mortuary in Lovelock.  The crash was described over the two way radio between Lovelock and Winnemucca by Col. Miller as a "complete blackout."

"The bodies were unrecognizable," he told Inspector Carl Stoddard in the Reno grazing service office by radio today.
Photographers were allowed to take pictures of the wreckage today after the army board had salvaged several pieces of equipment and a few personal effects of the crew from the heat-twisted metal wreckage.  It was indicated that no attempt will be made to salvage any part of the bomber from where it lies in the fire-blackened circle on the brush covered slope.

Material taken from the wreckage included four watches, a man's sheepskin lined flying suit, a few coins, "small burned pieces of metal," a piece of the carburator, and a dress shirt on which was pinned a medal.  Reports, widely circulated, said the bomber carried the army's famed secret bomb sight.