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Sgt Richard Louis Atkinson
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Birth: Jul. 16, 1922
Death: May 5, 1943
Soda Springs
Caribou County
Idaho, USA

Staff Sergeant Atkinson served with the 388th Bomb Group, 561st Bomb Squadron, from Wendover Field, Utah.

He was one of seven Army airmen killed in the crash of B-17F Flying Fortress #42-29562, two miles southeast of Soda Springs, in Caribou County, Idaho.

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NEVADA STATE JOURNAL, RENO, NEVADA, FRIDAY, MAY 7, 1943, PAGE SIX

WENDOVER ARMY FLIERS DIE IN CRASH
FOUR OTHERS INJURED AS BOMBER HITS POWER LINE

Seven army fliers from the Wendover Army Air Base were killed early yesterday
and four others were injured when a four-motored bomber in which they were
riding crashed two miles out of Soda Springs, Utah.

The dead are: 2nd LIEUT DONALD T. ARNOLD, NAVIGATOR, ROUTE 7, BOX 289,
ATLANTA, GEORGIA
Staff Sgt Adolph Zuelly, 943 Main street, Tell City, Ind.
Staff Sgt. Elmer C. Barsig, 5242 Maple Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Staff Sgt. Richard L. Atkinson, 631 Long Branch Blvd., Jacksonville, Fla.
Staff Sgt. Thomas A. Smith, 411 Fifty-sixth street, New York City, New York
Staff Sgt. Floyd F. Journeay, 36 Fourth street, New Hyde park, Long Island,
N.Y.
Staff Sgt. George E. Clausius, Jr., 7923 South Harvard avenue, Chicago, Ill.

The injured were:
2nd Lieut. Dixie E. Reese, bombardier, 315 Market street, Silver City, N.M.
2nd Lieut. Melvin H. Williams, pilot, Cope, Colo.
2nd Lieut. Ardby G. Pratt, co-pilot, 108 Merrill avenue, Lowell, Mass.

Lieut. A.J. Madden, public relations officer at the Wendover base, announced
yesterday that the plane was on a routine training flight to Pocatello, Idaho,
and that it struck a high tension wire. Townspeople reported seeing the bomber
circle Soda Springs for an hour and a half before it hit the line.

Soda Springs is just north of the Utah-Idaho border, about 200 miles
northeast of Wendover and about 40 miles south of Pocatello.

Soda Springs Hotel Manager John Allis said "everyone in the vicinity knew the
plane was in trouble, as it flew over the town a dozen times, at least, before
it crashed."

Madden said a board of investigation had been appointed by the army to study
the crash.

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Note: Entered the service from Florida; ASN 14082607
 
Burial:
Unknown
Specifically: Duval County, Florida ?
 
Created by: Tim Cook
Record added: Feb 03, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 104605958
 

 
 
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