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Lieut Harold Scott

Lieut Harold Scott

Henderson County, Texas, USA
Death 3 Feb 1944 (aged 25)
Arkansas, USA
Burial Murchison, Henderson County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 62717902 · View Source
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Lieutenant Scott was KILLED IN ACTION in a plane crash while serving in the ARMY AIR CORP and piloting a B-26 Bomber in WWII. This account taken from the Veterans Edition of the November 10, 2012 Athens Daily Review.

Many friends and relatives from Henderson and other counties attended the funeral services for Second Lieutenant Harold Scott of Murchison, held at the First Baptist Church in Murchison Sunday. Lt. Scott was among thirteen airmen killed in the crash in mid-air last Thursday of two B-26 bombers near Garland City, Arkansas.

The services were conducted by the Rev. Lafe Smallwood, of Stephenville, and the Rev. Joe Bennett Stuart, of Murchison. Burial was in the Red Hill cemetery, three miles East of Murchison, beside the grave of Lt. Scott's infant daughter, who died last Thanksgiving day in an Athens hospital. The Athens Funeral Home was in charge.

Lt. Scott is survived by his wife, Mrs. Hester M. Scott, of Shrevesport, who was Miss Hester Tate before her marriage on July 4, 1942; his parents, Mr. & Mrs. S. G. Scott of Murchison; two sisters, Mrs. Tracy Sullivan of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Mrs. Arthur Farber, whose husband is with the Armed Services in England, and who is now making her home with her parents; and three brothers, Dick, Daniel and Douglas Scott, all of Murchison.

Lt. Scott, prominent 1934 graduate of Athens High School, was registered with the Henderson County Selective Service Board and was inducted into the Army on December 1, 1941. He was later transferred to the Air Corps.

He attended Texas A&M College for one year and a Commercial College for three months. He was born on August 5, 1918 at Murchison, and was a cousin of Mann Scott, star Athens Hornet football and basketball player.

Eye witnesses gave this account of the accident, which scattered wreckage over an area of a mile: the two planes were part of a tight formation of seven flying South-West. One of the planes appeared to rise suddenly, colliding with another above it. The planes began to dis-integrate, a part of a wing falling from one and a motor dropping out of the other. N. G. Phillips, guard at the Red River railroad bridge at Garland City, said the planes were flying so high that he saw pieces of them fall before he heard the noise of the impact.

Men working on the Magnolia Petroleum lease near Garland City, farmers and many residents of Garland City saw a black column of smoke arising from the scene and by automobile, wagon and horse-back set out in that direction.

Wading through the swamps South of Genoa Road, they found the wreckage of the two big ships about 200 yards apart. Both were blazing furiously and it was apparent that their thirteen occupants had perished long before the would-be rescuers could reach them.

Holding coats over their faces, a group of men braved the flames however, and started pulling the charred bodies from the wreckage, wrapping them in shreds of partly burned parachutes which the airmen never had a chance to use.

Eight of the bodies had been identified and next of kin notified. The other seven men identified at the time were from other states.

Excerpted from an account published in the Athens Review, February 10, 1944

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Harold Scott (5 Aug 1918–3 Feb 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62717902, citing Red Hill Cemetery, Murchison, Henderson County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Wayne Smith (contributor 47181024) .