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Lieut Francis Truman Bonsteel Jr.

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Lieut Francis Truman Bonsteel Jr.

Birth
Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Death 3 Oct 1944 (aged 23)
Virginia, USA
Burial Hampton, Hampton City, Virginia, USA
Plot POST, 907
Memorial ID 3077356 View Source
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3539th AAF Base Unit at Langley Field. Perished in crash, October 3, 1944.

This crash was written up in the book, "Fatal AAF Aviation Accidents", by Tony Mireles.

This aircraft went down into the Chesapeake Bay about a mile and a half offshore of New Point Comfort, Virginia. Bonsteel and the entire crew of 6 died in the accident. The aircraft was seen flying normally at about 1000 feet altitude. Suddenly thick black smoke was seen trailing behind, the aircraft made a quarter turn to the right, dove into the bay and exploded. The ship had taken off from Langley field on a high altitude radar navigation mission with the 3539th AAF Base Unit at Langley Field, was training radar navigators under AAF Eastern Technical Training Command.

The seventh member of the crew was 1st Lt. David Kitko.

(crew member data provided by usaafdata.com)


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