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Rex M Tharp
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Birth: Feb. 17, 1917
Linn County
Missouri, USA
Death: Jul. 1, 1945
Lamb County
Texas, USA


Names of five persons, including a WAC, who were killed Sunday afternoon in the crash of an army plane 10 miles northwest of Olton, in Lamb county (Texas), were announced Monday night by officials at Lubbock Army Air Field.

The dead are:

Lt. Frederick H Jacoby, pilot; mother, Mrs. Marie Jacoby, 952 Vanderbilt Ave., Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Lt. Rex M. Tharp, co-pilot; father, Lloyd Tharp, Meadsville, Mo.

S/Sgt. Merle W. Sullivan; mother, Mrs. Ida J. Sullivan, 522 E. Davis St, Bushnell, Ill.

S/Sgt. Joseph N. Andruskevich; wife, 451 Southeast Adams St., Brownsville, Tex.

WAC Pvt. Christine H. Davis; two daughters, Bobbie Nell and Helen Elois, residing with her sister, Mrs. Jessie Sasser, Brookhaven, Miss.

All the men were stationed at Brownsville Army Air Field and the WAC, believed to have been a passenger, at Fort Sumner, N.M. Next of kin of all victims have been notified.

The twin-motored C-47 transport crashed at 5:20 o'clock on the Shaw farm three and a half miles northwest of Spring Lake. The plane fell in about 400 yards of the Shaw residence.

LAAF officials said that all who saw the plane just before the crash reported that the ship appeared to be "in trouble" and finally went into a steep dive. The impact left a crater more than big enough to drive an automobile into, witnesses said.

An account which an investigating Army board is giving much credence was that offered by an enlisted man at LAAF, Corp. Melvin Hines, an airplane mechanic in squadron C. Cpl. Hines saw the mishap while visiting at home two miles east of the crash scene.

The transport exploded and burned as it hit the earth. Pieces of wreckage were strewn over a wide area.

A LAAF officer said the plane had left St. Louis Sunday monrning; had landed at Majors Army Air Field, Greenville, Tex., Sunday afternoon, and was en route to Fort Sumner, N.M. Army Air Field when the accident occurred. The plane's home station is at Brownsville, and Army Air Transport command base.

The bodies were brought to Rix Funeral home, [and] the firm said last night that no directions had been yet recieved for shipment of the bodies.

(Additional clipping:)

Body of WAC Pvt. Christine H. Davis, who was among the five persons killed in the crash of an Army transport plane Sunday afternoon near Olton, was sent last night to Brookhaven, Miss. for burial, Rix Funeral home reported.

[SOURCE: Undated, unnamed newspaper clipping; Collection of R. Crowther, Lubbock Co., Texas - a resident of Lamb Co. at the time of the incident]
1LT US Army Air Corps
World War II
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section PI, Site 37
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Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Rex M Tharp
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Co-pilot. Killed in crash of C-47A Skytrain #43-16101, six miles east of Springlake, Texas
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 Added: Jul. 2, 2015

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