Meachim, OR Army Bomber Explosion, May 1942

ONE FORTRESS EXPLODES; TWO MEN SURVIVE.

INJURED MAN CRAWLS THROUGH WOODS TO SUMMON AID.

Pendleton, Ore., May 3. (UP) -- An army flying fortress bomber on a routine training flight crashed and exploded two miles north of Meachim today, killing six of the eight crewmen.
The four-motored Boeing plane, attached to Pendleton Field here, was circling for an emergency landing when it struck in the heavily wooded Blue Mountains and flashed into flame.
Technical Sergeant WESLEY E. WALLACE, Philadelphia, thrown from the plane by the impact struggled three miles through the woods despite serious injuries to notify officials of the crash.

Flags Motorist.
Taken to a hospital by a motorist he flagged, WALLACE was reported in good condition.
Sgt. JOHN H. STARR of Littleton, Mass., was reported "critical."
WALLACE told Charles W. Swan, Vale, Ore., who picked him up, that the plane was circling in for a landing, but did not reveal the reason.
Pilot of the plane was 1st Lt. JOSEPH T. H. LEACOCK, Baton Rouge, La., commander of a bomber squadron.
Also killed in the crash were:
Co-Pilot 2d Lt. JAMES W. BROWN, Pleasantville, La.
Sgt. WILLIAM A. FORREST, Salisbury, N.C.
Staff Sgt. HARRY G. CAMERON, Medford, Mass.
Staff Sgt. VICTOR A. CARMICHAEL, Wine Wood, Pa.
Corp. CHESTER A. NOWACK, Altena, Mich.

Nevada State Journal Reno 1942-05-04