Choctawhatchee Bay, FL B-50 Bomber Crash, Jan 1950

Bodies of Two Airmen Found - Nine Safe as B-50 Crashes in Bay

Eglin - Bodies of the two airmen who had been missing since last Friday [January 5] when a B-50 bomber crash landed into Choctawhatchee bay [sic] have been recovered by divers. Nine other crewmen escaped after the forced landing.

The body of M/Sgt. Claude Dorman, 27, was recovered Monday afternoon from the nose of the plane. His home is at Kingston, N.H. Sgt. Dorman, a flight engineer, is survived by his wife Gladys, two sons, Theodore Earl and Michael, his father Walter Lewis, and a brother, Theodore Richard.

The body of S/Sgt. William Thomas Bell, 21, serial photographer, who lived in Mayo, Fla., was recovered Tuesday morning outside the plane and beneath the tail. He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bell, a brother, Robert, and a sister, Martha.

The plane is in eight to ten feet of mud at a depth of 38 feet, divers said.

The public information office said the survivors were First Lt. Park R. Bidwell, instructor pilot; First Lt. Vere Short, pilot; First Lt. James S. Wigg, co-pilot; Maj. William C. McLaughlin, bombardier; and S/Sgt. Clifford J. Gallipo, M/Sgt. Alton Howard, M'Sgt. William J. Almand, T/Sgt. Samuel G. Broke, and Cpl. William F. Fitzpatrick, crewmen.

Playground News, Fort Walton, Florida, Thursday 01-12-1950, Volume 4, Number 50, page 1.