Smithfield, RI Army Bomber Crash, Aug 1943

Smithfield RI Wolf Hill location of Crash 8-5-1943.jpg Crash Site Memorial.jpg Crash Site Memorial 2.jpg

PROBE PLANE ACCIDENT THAT TOOK THREE LIVES.

Smithfield, R. I., Aug. 6 (AP) -- Army authorities began an investigation today to determine what caused a twin-motored army bomber to crash into the Wolf Hill woods, near here, killing three army fliers.
Witnesses of the accident said the plane plunged to the earth and exploded, shaking "the ground like an earthquake." The wreckage then burst into flames, setting the woods on fire.
The fliers were not identified immediately pending notification of next of kin.

Fitchburg Sentinel Massachusetts 1943-08-06

List Of The Fatalities:
2nd Lt. OTIS R. PORTEWIG, 27, Richmond, Va.
Tech. Sgt. HERBERT D. BOOTH, 21, crew chief, Rahway, N.J.
2nd Lt. SAUL WINSTEN, 25, Pawtucket, R. I.