Fort Bragg, NC Plane Crash Jun 1943

20 Dead In U.S. Air Crash

FORT BRAGG, NC., June 9 -- (AP) -- Twenty men were killed in the crash of a United States army transport plane near Laurinburg-Maxton air base Monday Col. Sam Price, Pope field executive officer said Tuesday night.

Two transports took off from Pope field air base at Fort Bragg on a routine flight to Laurinburg-Maxton. En route they ran into a thunderstorm and one plane turned back. Two hours later a searching party located the wreckage of the other plane, with bodies of all 20 passengers and crew, within sight of the Laurinburg-Maxton field.

Col. Price said the pilot apparently had found an opening in the storm and had sighted the field but that when he attempted to turn toward the field a wing had struck the ground.

Transcribed from The Lethbridge Herald, Alberta, Canada, June 9, 1943, p 2.