Millbrook, NJ Bomber Crash, Feb 1944


Fort Dix, N.J., Feb. 23 (INS) -- Twelve airmen killed in the crash of an Army bomber near Millbrook, N.J., late yesterday were identified today by Fort Dix Army officials. Eleven of the victims were Americans and the 12th was a Royal Air Force navigator, riding as a passenger.
The bomber crashed on Blue Mountain during a heavy fog and rain and exploded after it hit the ground.
The victims were:
Capt. MURPHY K. LENTS, 27, pilot, Toten Valley, La.
2d Lt. HOLBROOK WHITE, 22, pilot, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
2d Lt. JAMES B. SANDERS, 22, pilot, Trenton, N.J.
2d Lt. HOWARD BECKMAN, 28, navigator, Cincinnati, O.
Master Sgt. THEODORE HATFIELD, 25, engineer, Millinocket, Me.
Staff Sgt. PATRICK G. WILLIAMS, 23, aviation mechanic, Cleveland, O.
Sgt. GEORGE PETERS, 22, assistant engineer, Cynthiance, Ky.
Corp. JOHN L. DIGGIN, 42, mechanic, Dorchester, Mass.
Sgt. LAWRENCE CONROY, 23, gunner, Middletown, Conn.
Corp. BENEDICT CICONE, 22, radio operator, Steubenville, O.
Passengers aboard were:
Lt. ARTHUR W. STANLEY, Ridgewood, N.J.
Sgt. BIBB, a Royal Air Force navigator.

Syracuse Herald Journal New York 1944-02-23