Bruning, NE Bomber-Fighter Collision, Sep 1944


Bruning, Neb. (AP) -- Six men were killed, one is missing and four parachuted to safety Friday when a P-47 fighter plane from the Bruning army air base and a B-17 bomber from the Sioux City, Ia., army air base collided while flying three miles east of here, Col. C. D. McAllister, commander of Bruning Field, said.
The fighter plane pilot was killed and of those who parachuted from the bomber two sustained minor injuries and two were "seriously injured but are expected to recover," Colonel McAllister said.
The names of the dead are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Nebraska State Journal Lincoln 1944-09-09



Sioux City, Ia. -- (INS) -- Seven airmen were killed and four others parachuted to safety following a midair collision of a P-47 fighter and a B-17 fortress bomber, army officials announced today.
The collision occurred late Friday, both planes crashing three miles east of the Bruning, Neb., army air base at which the fighter plane was based.
The bomber was from the Sioux City, army air base.
Six of those killed were members of the bomber crew, while the seventh victim was in the fighter airplane, which was on routine combat training flight. The four who bailed out also were bomber crewmen. Two of them were slightly injured.

Hammond Times Louisiana 1944-09-10

B-17 Bomber Fatalities:
Second Lt. WILLIAM F. WASHBURN, pilot, Hinsdale, Ill.
Second Lt. BERNARD I. HALL, copilot, Montgomery, Alabama.
Flight Officer GEORGE A. BUDOVSKY, navigator, New York City, N.Y.
Second Lt. LYLE C. BAXMANN, bombardier, Bartlett, Ill.
Cpl. JOHN E. TUCHOLS, engineer, Buffalo, N.Y.
Pvt. HENRY C. SEDBERRY, ball turrent gunner, Augusta, Georgia.

B-17 Bomber Survivors:
Cpl. LeNOIR A. GREER, radioman, Terrell, Texas.
Cpl. WALTER A. DIVAN, right waist gunner, Freeport, Ill.
Pvt. REUBEN L. LARSON, left waist gunner, (Unknown).
Pvt. ALBERT L. MIKELS, tail gunner, (Unknown).

P-47 Fighter Fatality:
Second Lt. JOHN T. McCARTHY, pilot, Chicago, Illinois.