Shaw Air Force Base, SC Jets Collide, July 1960


Shaw Air Force Buse, S.C. (AP) -- Two jet planes crashed here today shortly after a side-by-side predawn take-off. The fiery crashes killed four persons. One plane hurtled into a farmhouse and exploded, killing a sleeping couple.
The dead:
MR. and MRS. J. E. DAVIS, SR., an elderly farm couple alone in the house.
and the pilots of the RF101 jets, Lt. ROGER N. SIEGEL, 27, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Capt.
CLARENCE A. TOEPKE, 30, of Franklin Park, Ill.
The Shaw AFB Public Information Office said the cause of the crash was not known. There were no witnesses when the planes took off at 3:45 a.m. on a night refueling mission.
The PIO said the jets, on the same runway, plummeted to earth within 30 seconds after their landing gear retracted.
One of the fighter-reconnaissance planes plowed a deep furrow in an asphalt highway, then clipped off a tree in the DAVIS' yard, before a ricocheted into the frame house and exploded.

Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune Wisconsin 1960-07-20