New Orleans, LA (near) Bomber Crash, Mar 1941
BOMBER CRASH KILLS SOLDIER.
OFFICERS RESCUED FROM SWAMPLAND.
New Orleans (AP) -- A soldier identified as Private WINSTON GANT of Shelbyville, Tenn., was killed Saturday when he and two army fliers bailed out of an army bomber which crashed in desolate swampland 40 miles south of here.
Second Lieutenant's DONALD W. LANG, 27, and WILSON MOORE, 24, were rescued by Ken Oliver of Houma, La., who took them aboard an amphibian plane and flew them to New Orleans.
Oliver and other rescue pilots said the body of GANT lay behind the wreckage of the bomber beside his parachute.
Lieut. LANG, pilot of the twin-engined army bombing plane, radioed the New Orleans airport at 12:35 p.m. "We are running out of gas and hopping out."
Hutchinson News Herald Kansas 1941-03-09
BOMBER CRASH TO BE INVESTIGATED.
PRIVATE KILLED AFTER BAILING OUT, TWO OTHERS SURVIVE.
New Orleans, March 10 (AP) -- The wreckage of a crashed twin-engined bomber lay in marshland 40 miles south of here today pending an official army investigation as the body of Private WINSTON GANT, 21, who was killed after bailing out from it Saturday, was sent to Shelbyville, Tenn., for burial.
The bomber's pilot, Lt. D. W. LANG, 27, and Lt. WILSON MOORE, 24, parachuted to safety a moment before the crash. After treatment for shock and exposure, they were returned by plane yesterday to the army air base at Orlando, Fla.
They lost their way Saturday from Orlando to New Orleans, unable to find the airport here because of poor visibility and heavy weather, and radioed
"running out of gas and we're hopping out."
LT. LANG said that apparently Private GANT'S parachute had become entangled in the tail structure of the bomber, and dragged him to the ground.
He and Lt. MOORE were rescued, chilled and dazed, by an amphibian plane piloted by Ken Oliver of Houma, La.
Delta Democrat Times Greenville Mississippi 1941-03-10