Morton, WA (vicinity) Bomber Crash, Jan 1941
MISSING ARMY BOMBER SOUGHT IN THREE STATES.
HUNT CENTERS BETWEEN GRANTS PASS, OREGON, AND HORNBROOK IN SISKIYOU COUNTY AREA.
McChord Field, Wash., Jan. 17. -- (AP) -- Army airplanes from Sacramento, Calif., and Portland, Ore., started search in three Pacific Coast States today for a light Douglas bomber, missing since a few hours after it left here for Sacramento yesterday morning.
Officials said reports led them to believe the plane
"grounded" somewhere in the rugged mountainous terrain between Frants Pass, Ore., and Hornbrook, Calif., where a constable reported seeing an Army plane, apparently in trouble, flying at an altitude of only 500 feet yesterday afternoon.
The bomber, with a crew of six men and one passenger, was bound for the bombing range at Murdoc Lake, Calif., with instructions to stop at Sacramento.
While a plane from Sacramento searched near Hornbrook, two others left Portland to hunt along the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon.
The Army had another report that a large plane with motors cut out was sighted near Longview, Wash., about an hour after the bomber took off. A searching party was sent to that area.
The missing plane carried no bombs.
It left here under favorable visibility conditions at 10:20 a.m. yesterday under orders to stop at Sacramento, Calif., an estimated four hours later. No radio report was received from the ship after it left here. It did not reach Sacramento.
A storm was reported in the Northern California Siskiyous yesterday, but commercial air lines flew through without difficulty.
Col. Walter Peck, announcing plans for an air search today, said "we will probably start by covering the region as far east as Bend, Ore., and south as far as Mount Shasta in California."
One ray of hope at the air base came from the experience of a bomber crash in Southwestern Washington last year, when eight men parachuted to safety before the ship crashed.
Aboard the bomber which disappeared yesterday were:
First Lieut. R. M. KRUMMES, pilot.
Second Lieut. C. T. NIELSEN, co-pilot.
Second Lieut. J. F. GOIS, navigator.
First Lieut. L. E. MACKAY.
Technical Sergeant H. A. DAVIS.
Sergeant L. H. NEITLING.
Sergeant P. L. MAAS.
Oakland Tribune California 1941-01-17
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