Poe, WV Bomber Crashes, Sep 1921

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PLANE WITH 5 MEN PLUNGES TO EARTH IN MINE WAR ZONE.

OTHER CRAFT SEE BOMBER IN FLAMES -- VICTIMS' FATE NOT KNOWN.

Charleston, W. Va., Sept. 3. -- Five Army fliers fell in a big bombing plane near Poe, Nicholas County, West Virginia, late today. No word has been received at army headquarters here as to the fate of the men.
They were:
Lt. HARRY SPECK, pilot, Medford, Ore.
Lt. WILLIAM FITZPATRICK, co-pilot, Medford, Ore.
Sgt. ARTHUR BROWN, Kentucky.
Cpl. ALEXANDER HAZLETON, Wilmington, Del.
Pvt. WALTER HOWARD, San Francisco, Calif.
Their machine was seen to go into a spin and crash to the ground by army fliers in two other bombers. One of the other machines flew low, located the scene of the accident and found the bomber in flames, with its tail pointing upward. Several automobiles were observed in the vicinity.
The exact place where the accident occurred is not known here. The fliers who witnessed the fall judged from their maps that it was near Poe.

On Way to Langley Field.
The three planes started from the landing place here for a flight to Langley Field, Virginia. East of here they ran into a thunderstorm and a few minutes later one machine fell. Another continued on and landed at Seebert, W. Va., about one hundred miles east, while the third bomber returned and landed near here.
Army officers tonight were making every effort to find out what happened to the five missing men. They have enlisted citizens near Poe to start out searching parties to find the burned plane.
The two planes that landed safely will resume their flight to Langley Field tomorrow.
At midnight no word had been received regarding the fate of the five airmen. The place where the plane fell had not been definitely located.

Indianapolis Star Indiana 1921-09-04