Milligan, NE Bomber Plane Collision, Oct 1943


Fairmont, Neb. (AP) -- Seventeen men were killed and one parachuted to safety when two B-24 bomber planes collided in the air about 4:30 p.m. Monday north of Milligan, Neb., Lt. Herbert Holmes, public relations officer at the Fairmont Air Field, said Tuesday.
Second Lt. MELVIN KLEIN, Chicago, co-pilot on one of the planes, was thrown out of the plane and managed to descent safely by parachute, Lt. Holmes said. Lt. KLEIN walked to the Milligan post office and called the Fairmont base to report the accident.
Among those killed were:
Flight Officer ARCHILLE P. AUGELLI, Scranton, Pa.
Second Lt. KENNETH S. ORDWAY, Hornell, N.Y.

Gazette And Bulletin Williamsport Pennsylvania 1943-10-27

Listing of Fatalities:
First B-24:
Second Lt. CHARLES L. BROWN, pilot, Fairplay, Mo.
Second Lt. CLYDE H. FRYE, copilot, Catawba, N.C.
Flight Officer ARCHILLE P. AUGELLI, bombardier, Scranton, Pa.
Sgt. WILLIAM C. WILSON, engineer, Kincaid, W. Va.
Sgt. ALBERT R. MOGAVERO, assistant engineer, Long Island, N.Y.
Pfc. ANDREW G. BIVONA, radio operator, Newburg, N.Y.
Sgt. ARTHUR O. DORIA, gunner, Watertown, Mass.
Sgt. EUGENE A. HUBBELL, gunner, Detroit, Mich.

Second B-24:
Second Lt. JAMES H. WILLIAMS, pilot, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Second Lt. WILLIAM E. HERZOG, navigator, Springfield, Ohio.
Second Lt. KENNETH S. ORDWAY, bombardier, Hornell, N.Y.
Sgt. JAMES H. BOBBITT, engineer, Biloxi, Miss.
Sgt. WILLIAM D. WATKINS, assistant engineer, Pelzer, S.C.
Sgt. WILLIAM G. WILLIAMS, gunner, Berwyn, Ill.
Sgt. WILBUR H. CHAMBERLAIN, radioman, Pawtucket, R.I.
Sgt. EDWARD O. BOUCHER, gunner, Detroit, Mich.
Sgt. URSULO GALINDO, JR., gunner, Escondido, Calif.
Second Lt. MELVIN KLEIN, copilot, Chicago, Ill