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John P Priecko
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Birth: Jan. 4, 1921
Donora
Washington County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Dec. 16, 1947
Tucson
Pima County
Arizona, USA

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Tucson AZ Bomber Crash, Dec 1947
Posted October 29th, 2009 by Stu Beitler

TWELVE DIE AS BOMBER GOES DOWN.
Tucson, Ariz. -- (AP) -- Twelve of the 20 crew members of a Jamaica-bound B-29 died in the flaming wreckage of the four-engined bomber a few minutes after taking off from Davis-Monthan Field........~*~more~*~


CRASH DEAD AND SURVIVORS NAMED.
Tucson, Ariz., Dec. 17. (INS) -- The army today revealed the names of eight survivors and 12 men killed in the flaming crash of a B-29 bomber near the Davis-Monthan airfield at Tucson.

The victims:
First Lt. JOHN P. PRIECKO,
1079 Marelda Avenue, Donora, PA, the bomber commander.
Capt. BONNELL P. COACHMAN,
Donaldsville, GA
First Lt. CEDRIC A. TOOKER,
2300 East 124th Street, Willowbrook, CA
Second Lt. WALTER WIGLEY,
Laguna Beach, CA
Capt. HAROLD ROSENWEIG,
139-33 229th Street, Laurelton, L. I., NY
Second Lt. GORDON B. ODLORNE,
R. R. 4, Wetumtha, AL.
First Lt. THOMAS A. FERIAZO,
10201 103rd Avenue, Ozone Park, NY
Sgt. JOHN A. WOUDALL,
365 East Warren, Elmira, NY
T/Sgt. JOHN A. HAYS,
823 West 11th Street, Safford, AZ
S/Sgt. ERNEST L. FRAZIER,
906 S. Nelson Avenue, Pampa, TX
M/Sgt. GEORGE C. SMITH,
279 North Pasadena Avenue, Pasadena, CA

Of the eight survivors only Sgt. THOMAS E. LEONARD, 2912 Topax Road, Baltimore, was reported in critical condition.

The other seven survivors, most of whom suffered minor injuries, were:
Sgt. JOSEPH E. MACIS,
4332 South Fairfield Avenue, Chicago, IL
S/Sgt. WILLARD C. LAMBERT,
413 Louisiana Avenue, Opeloussa, LA
Cpl. PAUL M. MUENCH,
716 South McKinley Avenue, Freeport, IL
Pfc. WILLIAM D. PRETICE,
35 Bodwell Street, Hartford, CT
S/Sgt. BRIAN J. MARCORELLE,
41 Central Street, Ipswich, MA
M/Sgt. WALTER L. TOMPOR,
4421 Garvin, Detroit, MI
S/Sgt. HAROLD E. ANDREWS,
330 W. Pennsylvania Street, Muncie, PA

The plane crashed last night a few minutes after it had taken off from the Davis-Monthan field on a routine flight to Varam Field, Jamaica. Army air corps investigators were assigned to investigate the cause of the crash.

Long Beach Independent California 1947-12-18
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Researched and Transcribed by Stu Beitler.
Thank you, Stu!
 
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Created by: Marilyn
Record added: Nov 09, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44116185
 

B-29-55-BA Superfortress #44-84036.---2nd Bomb Group, 49th Bomb Squadron. Engine failures, crashed within sight of the control tower while attempting an emergency return to the airfield
- Tim Cook
 Added: Nov. 30, 2012

- Marilyn
 Added: Nov. 9, 2009

- Marilyn
 Added: Nov. 9, 2009
 
 
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