West Greenwich, RI Army Bomber Crash, Apr 1942
FIVE ARMY FLIERS DIE AS BOMBER CRASHES, EXPLODES IN RHODE ISLAND.
West Greenwich, R.I. -- Five army fliers, including two officers, were killed today when a medium bomber on a routine flight crashed, exploded and burned in woods on Hopkins Hill.
The bomber, reported overdue at Westover Field, Mass., carried two officers and three enlisted men when it crashed.
Headquarters of the First Air Force at Mitchel Field identified the dead as:
Pilot, Second Lieut. GEORGE L. DOVER, 25, of Shelby, N.C.
Co-pilot, Second Lieut. NEIL W. FRAME, 24, of Porterville, Cal.
Radio operator, Staff Sergeant R. H. TRAMMEL, 25, of Brunswick, Ga.
Bombardier, Pvt. R. R. MEREDITH, 21, Memphis, Tenn.
Gunner, Pvt. T. J. RUSH, 27, of Philadelphia.
The wreckage was discovered after farmers had reported to the army's Hillsgrove airport, a few miles east of here, that they heard a crash and saw flames near Hopkins Hill at about 6:30 a.m.
One farmer and two of his children who hurried to the scene to investigate, pending arrival of military authorities, were felled when the blazing wreckage exploded. They were not injured, however.
Two truckloads of soldiers and four state troopers were sent to the scene. They reported that all that remained of the plane was a single engine, wing tips and a small section of the fuselage buried in a fire-blackened crater.
The Coshocton Tribune Ohio 1942-04-03