Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Jensens in:
 • Roselawn Cemetery
 • Roseville
 • Ramsey County
 • Minnesota
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
Walter L Jensen
Learn about upgrading this memorial...
Birth: 1921
Saint Paul
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Death: May 5, 1944
Morrill
Scotts Bluff County
Nebraska, USA

Morrill, NE Bomber Crash, May 1944
Posted November 15th, 2009 by Stu Beitler

SIX FLIERS DIE IN PLANE CRASH.

Scotts Bluff, Neb. (AP) -- Six 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


Morrill
May 5, 1944

A B-24 (42--100124) from the McCook Army Air Field was conducting low-level gunnery training at the Scottsbluff Gunnery Range north of Morrill. The pilots chose to fly lower to the ground than what was a safe altitude. An unexpected rise in the ground caught the bottom of the plane and it skidded along and caught fire. Six of the airmen were killed while two others survived.

The site was originally visited on May 19, 2007, along with a couple of area landowners. The exact location was only vaguely known by the landowners. No physical evidence was found at the site during the first trip.

A return trip on December 12, 2008, proved to be a huge success. Not only was the crash site found, but also over thirty scattered white stones which I had been told once marked the site in the form of a cross.


Crew Members
In Memory

Sgt. Billy Dean Queen, gunner, St. Joseph, Mo.

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.Robert D. Harris, radioman, Dravosburg, Pa.

Staff Sgt. Charles Winston Runnion, engineer, Benton, Tenn.

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!

Thank you Tim Cook and Cathy for cemetery location


 
 
Burial:
Roselawn Cemetery
Roseville
Ramsey County
Minnesota, USA
Plot: Section 8, Block X, Lot 97 W3-96 E 4, Space 1
 
Created by: Theresa Hernandez -White...
Record added: Jan 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 83936447
Walter L Jensen
Added by: Theresa Hernandez -White 💔
 
Walter L Jensen
Added by: Bob L.
 
Walter L Jensen
Cemetery Photo
Added by: PaulB
 
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.


- Michael
 Added: Jul. 3, 2016

- Theresa Hernandez -White 💔
 Added: May. 29, 2016

- Kerstin
 Added: May. 5, 2016
There are 45 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
 
 
 Advertisement

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service