Bozeman, MT Plane Crash, Jan 1938

Last July, Pilot MAMER celebrated the end of 21 years of flying. He started as an army pilot in 1916, and at one time operated his own airline out of Spokane.

MAMER and his co-pilot, WEST, were close friends. Several days ago WEST gave MRS. MAMER a blood transfusion when she was ill.
It was the first time Northwest Airlines had lost a passenger in 11 years continuous service, and it was the second disaster to commercial aviation in the western mountains of the winter. The worst of all mishaps on this country's airways occurred Oct. 17 in northeastern Utah when a United Airlines plane crashed and 19 were killed, 14 men and five women.

At the St. Paul headquarters of Northwest Airlines, LES FARRINGTON, general traffic manager, announced that all the information there was that weather was favorable for the flight. He said the weather charts showed a 4,000 to 4,500 foot ceiling, good visibility and only a few broken clouds along the route at the time of the crash.

Reports of the weather at the time varied. NICKELS estimated that a "60-mile gale" was blowing. Others said it was a lesser wind.

Descriptions of the ruins indicated that the tail and rear compartment of the twin-motored plane were telescoped into the fuselage.

HOMER WHITE said: "It was the most horrible thing I've ever seen. The plane was all torn up so you could hardly tell which end was which."

The Ogden Standard-Examiner Ogden City Utah 1938-01-11

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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!