|Birth: ||Dec. 5, 1924|
|Death: ||May 5, 1944|
Scotts Bluff County
SGT, 862 AAF BOMB SQ WORLD WAR II
Ft Leavenworth National Cemetery
Morrill, NE Bomber Crash, May 1944
Posted November 15th, 2009 by Stu Beitler
FIVE FLIERS DIE IN PLANE CRASH.
Scotts Bluff, Neb. (AP) -- Five of the crew, including the pilot and co-pilot, were killed and three men injured Friday in the crash of a Liberator bomber from the McCook, Neb., air base, 13 miles northeast of Morrill, Neb.
Straight Townsend, Scottsbluff county attorney, and Deputy Sheriff Steve Warrick who investigated the crash, said that the big plane broke in two after striking the ground and the fore part burst into flames. The fire burned grassland for a half mile around the wrecked plane.
Three crewmen were hospitalized here.
Council Bluffs Nonpareil Iowa 1944-05-06
Victims of the crash were:
Second Lt. O.A. Jones , pilot, Mt. Sterling, Ill.
Second Lt.Kenneth L. Hutzel , copilot, Sanborn, N.Y.
Flight Officer Walter L Jensen , bombardier, St. Paul, Minn.
Staff Sgt. Charles Winston Runnion , engineer, Benton, Tenn.
Staff Sgt.Robert D. Harris , radioman, Dravosburg, Pa.
Sgt. BILLY D. QUEEN, gunner, St. Joseph, Mo. Buried at Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery but has a memorial marker next to his parents in Wathena Ks, Bellemont Cemetery. Billy Dean Queen
Survivors of the crash were:
Second Lt. WILLIAM N. SALOMON, navigator.
Cpl. WILLIAM F. KILKEARY, gunner, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler. Thank you, Stu!
William H Queen (1884 - 1993)
Thelma M Queen (1905 - 1950)
Fort Leavenworth National Cemetery
Plot: Section E, site 2698
Maintained by: Theresa Hernandez -White
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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