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Lieut Samuel J Schlosser
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Birth: Mar. 6, 1918
Death: Dec. 6, 1943


2nd Lieutenant Schlosser was serving aboard U.S. Army Air Corps B-24H Liberator
#42-7674, under the command of pilot William Darden. On the morning of December
6, 1943 his bomber was dispatched along with seven other planes out of Hammer
Field, in Fresno, California to search for another B-24 that was missing from a
training flight from the evening before. As his bomber flew over the Sierra
Nevada range, it developed engine troubles and Captain Darden ordered his crew
to bail out. But only two crewmembers parachuted out of the crippled plane in
time before it crashed into Huntington Lake, high in the Sierra National Forest,
east-southeast of Oakhurst. Lt. Schlosser, and five other Army fliers also perished. Some
speculation was that Captain Darden mistook the long, thin, snow covered lake as
a meadow and attempted a crash landing. The bomber was not found until August,
1955, when the lake was drained for dam repairs, and at which time the remains
of the six crew who perished were removed. The other B-24 they were searching
for, was not discovered until July, 1960, in a lake nearly 100 miles to the
southeast of where Captain Darden's crew was lost. That crashsite would later in
history become known as the Hester Lake B-24 incident.

The crewmembers who perished:

Capt. William Darden

Cadet Franklin Nyswonger

Sgt. Dick Mayo

Sgt. Richard L. Spangle

Sgt. Donald Vande Plasch

Long Island National Cemetery
East Farmingdale
Suffolk County
New York, USA
Plot: C, 616
Maintained by: Tim Cook
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 03, 2000
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Lieut Samuel J Schlosser
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Lieut Samuel J Schlosser
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Lieut Samuel J Schlosser
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 Added: Dec. 9, 2012

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