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Bozeman, MT Plane Crash, Jan 1938

WATCH PLANE FALL
A wisp of smoke that rose from the canyon attracted farmer JOHN NICKLES, from six miles away. Two woodchoppers, C. A. LARSON and GLENN WHITE, who saw the plane fall, were there ahead of him.

They sent word by telephone from the deserted Flaming Arrow dude ranch house half a mile away that the two pilots and eight men passengers all probably had died mercifully the moment the plane struck, and that the bodies of all except the veteran pilot, MAMER, had been trapped in the fuselage and burned.

MAMER was thrown clear of the debris. His clothing was afire when the woodsmen arrived. They doused the fire with snow but MAMER was dead. The heat from the burning plane was so intense that they could not approach within 100 yards of it.

The plane was bound from Seattle to Chicago, left Butte at two-five p. m. and was due in Billings at three-forty-seven.

PERILS DISGUISED
The woodsmen believed that MAMER had tried to bring the plane down in the level clearing because of the storm's high wind and that he was unable to level it off for a landing. The canyon was covered with two feet of snow. It was narrow, cleared of trees, and from the air would have seemed to be a likely landing place. But the woodsmen said the snow covered stumps and rocks would have made a landing perilous.

These were the dead:
Pilot MAMER, one of the most experienced fliers in the northwest, who, with ART WALKER, made the first non-stop, round trip flight across the continent in 1928 - a trip that required five days - with their plane "Sun God" which they refueled in the air, FRED W. WEST, co-pilot, G. A. ANDERSON, Spokane, DOUGLAS McKAY, Winnipeg, Canada, L. LEVIN, Butte, Mont., I. E. STEVENSON, Spokane, W. E. BORGENHEIMER, Basin, Mont., employe of the airline, A. L. CROONQUIST, Billings, Mont., state traffic manager for the airlines, WALTER TON, St. Paul, TED ANDERSON, St. Paul, Northwest Airlines mechanic.

McKAY formerly was a prominent Canadian newspaperman and editor of the Beaver, house organ of Hudson's Bay company.

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Comments

Pin-point the crash site in Bridgers?

Researching to see if I can find the crash site. Anyone from Bozeman or Belgrade out there, feel free to contact me.

-Roxanne Kenison, Seattle

Bozeman 1938 crash

Thank you so very much for posting this very detailed account of the crash that killed my grandfather, Irven Stevenson (not JE, but IE). I have a trove of material from my grandmother - thinking there are some stories to tell here. Nick Mamer's daughter Patti became my mother's (Dorothy's) best friend after the death of their fathers. Until now I have found only sketchy accounts of the crash. The detail here brought the scene to life, and I confess, made me sad all over again that I never knew my mother's father other than in pictures and what he wrote. Thank you again - this websiteis a gem!

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