Shreveport, LA Bomber Crash, Mar 1951


Shreveport, La., March 22. -- (UP) -- Three men were killed when a B-45 jet plane crashed at Barksdale air force base last night. A fourth man was killed when the wreckage exploded four hours later.
Col. Louis E. Lyle, commander of the Ninety-first strategic reconnaissance wing, identified the three dead fliers as:
Pilot, Capt. MELVIN W. KAISER, Lamberton, Minn.
Co-pilot, Second Lt. LLOYD R. HEBERLING, Los Angeles, Calif.
Navigator, Capt. K. E. NEVILLE, Takeha, Tex.

Sergeant Killed.
Maj. George R. Robinson, base commander, said the fourth man killed was First Sgt. WILLIAM H.
SHELTON, a member of the 301st air installation squadron.
The plane, a four-engine jet, was returning to its home base at Barksdale after a routine flight to Tinker air force base, Oklahoma City, Okla., when it crashed at 9 p.m.
The plane burst into flames and burned. Authorities said the men died instantly. The bodies were recovered after base firemen extinguished the blazing wreckage.

Burst Into Flames.
At 1 a.m. today, the wreckage at the ede of a runway burst into flame again and fire equipment of the 301st air installation squadron responded to the alarm.
Sgt. SHELTON was atop a fire truck when it arrived at the scene. Just then the plane's wreckage exploded and SHELTON was thrown from the truck.
He was dead on arrival at the base hospital.

The Times San Mateo California 1951-03-22