Pendleton, OR Bomber Crash, Jan 1942

8 Army Men Die in Crash Of Bomber

3 Second Lieutenants, 3 Noncoms and 2 Privates Victims

FORT GEORGE WRIGHT, Wash., Jan. 17 (AP)—Eight Army men, three of them second lieutenants, were killed Saturday in the crash of an Army Air Force bombing plane two and one half miles north of the Pendleton, (Ore.) air base, the Second Air Command announced.

The dead:

Second Lieut. A. J. Francisco, pilot
Second Lieut. R. C. Schows, co-pilot
Second Lieut. L. E. Grindle, navigator
Staff Sergt. A. D. Spiers
Sergt. D. C. Clark
Corp. V. A. Learman
Private G. T. Vrable
Private L. Fagan

Home addresses of the men were not available.

Rescue crews from the Pendleton Air Base were at the scene.

The announcement gave the time of the crash as 11:30 a.m.

Dallas Morning News, Dallas, TX 18 Jan 1942



By United Press

SPOKANE, Saturday, Jan. 17.—Second Air Force Headquarters said today eight men were killed in the crash of an Army bomber 2½ miles north of Pendleton, Or.

Details of the crash were meagre, but the Air Force said it occurred about 11:30 a. m.

The dead:

2nd Lieut. A. J. Francisco, pilot.
2nd Lieut. R. C. Shows, copilot
2nd Lieut. L. E. Grindle, navigator
Staff Sergt. A. D. Spiers
Pvt. G. T. Vrable
Sergt. D. Clark
Pvt. L. Fagan
Corp. V. A. Learman

Home addresses of the officers and crew were not available here.

Seattle Daily Times, Seattle, WA 18 Jan 1942


Name update for Incident on Jan. 17, 1942

Names update for B-17E Flying Fortress #41-2490 crash at Pendleton, Oregon:

2nd Lt. Andrew J. Francisco, Kansas City, MO

2nd Lt. Ruel Carter Shows, So So, Jones County, MS, age 23

2nd Lt. Leroy E. Grindle, Thurman, IA

S/Sgt. Allen D. Spiers, Sarson, VA

Sgt. Donald Ross Clark, Ada, OHIO, Radio Operator

Corporal Vernon A. Learman, Baraboo, WI, age 23

Private George T. Vrable, Ashley, PA

Private Lovis Fagan, Philadelphia, PA

[Sources: Lima (Ohio) News 1/19/1942; USAAF Personnel Records; USAAF Serial Numbers]