Mount Yale, CO Bomber Crash, Sep 1956
Inmates See Crash.
The plane crashed about 10 a.m. but treacherous winds prevented helicopters and other aircraft from making a close inspection of the wreckage.
The crash scene was on the north slope of the mountain in a rock slide above the timberline. Two inmates of the state reformatory at Buena Vista, 10 airline miles west of the mountain, reported seeing the plane "spin" and crash.
Smoke immediately arose from the scene.
The ground party went to within three miles of the crash in jeeps and then climbed the rest of the way.
Thonoff said it was nearly "a vertical climb." He said five or six members of the party would remain overnight and no attempt would be made to remove bodies Monday night.
Thonoff said the ground party, equipped with a pack radio set, relayed the information to him. The undersheriff said the party of "seven or eight men" had two or three horses but most of them walked to the wreck.
Thonoff said the number was found on a tail section. He said the reports he received indicated the tail and part of one wing were the largest pieces of wreckage.
List of Casualties:
Pilot Col. CHARLES ARTHUR MILLER, U.S.A.F., Kempner, Texas.
Co-pilot Capt. JAMES JOSEPH RICHARDSON, U.S.N., Shelby County, Tenn.
Col. FREDERICK W. LEDEBOER, Los Angeles, Calif.
Crew Chief S/Sgt. WILLIAM E. MacKENZIE, JR., Oakland, Calif.
OSCAR M. RUPERT, civilian, Dayton, Ohio.
Seaman 1/c WILLIAM R. CARPENTER, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Sgt. PHILLIP LENZ, (no other information available.)
M/Sgt. HELEN M. SCHUYLER, W.A.F.
Capt. DAVID C. JACOBS, 8th Medical Battalion.
First Lt. DAVID W. GILL, 8th Replacement Company.
SP-3 WILLIAM L. SIMPSON, 8th Division Military Police.
Pvt. WILLIAM R. ROONEY, Headquarters Battery, 45th Field Artillery.
Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1956-09-25