Gatlinburg, TN (near) B-29 Crashes, June 1946
B-29 HITS PEAK, 12 ABOARD KILLED.
Gatlinburg, Tenn., June 12. -- (AP) -- An Army 3d Air Force B-29 Superfortress crashed into a towering peak in the rugged Great Smoky mountains national park, near the Tennessee-North Carolina line, killing the 12 men aboard.
Park Superintendent BLAIR ROSS, who went to the scene of the crash, said the wreckage of the huge craft was strewn over "an acre or more of ground."
The huge craft, enroute from Chicago to MacDill Field, Fla., on a night navigational flight, was last reported over Knoxville, about 45 miles northeast of here, at 2:16 a.m.
The bodies of the 12 airmen were all burned or badly crushed and have been moved to mortuaries at Sevierville and Maryville, ROSS reported.
The superintendent said nothing unusual had been reported about the weather in the park last night or early this morning, but he pointed out that fogs and low clouds were frequent in this section.
Charleston Gazette West Virginia 1946-06-13