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Crash of B-24 42-7009 at Blythe Army Air Base, CA on 24 July 1943 | by John Funk from Golden Colorado
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Crash of B-24 42-7009 at Blythe Army Air Base, CA on 24 July 1943

Crash of B-24 42-7009 at Blythe Army Air Base, CA on 24 July 1943

 

Pilot Stanley Joseph Obarski survived this crash to continue fight in WWII and Vietnam. John H. Connor, Howard G. Ely, joseph C.

 

Hinebaugh, Tyra Thornell, Richard J Wolf all died in the crash.

  

Lew Funk says this is the crash that led to his hearing loss. As a kid growing up he always told us kids that a plane exploded

 

just the other side of jeep from him and it really "rung his bell". Talking about this photo he said that he was driving his jeep

 

on base when the plane crashed and that he was among the first at the scene. A few of the men who were first at the scene had

 

pulled some of the crew from the wreckage and they loaded them into the jeep although they were in pretty bad shape. As they

 

loaded the men, the plane exploded knocking Lew off his feet and really "ringing his bell". They hurried the men to the hospital,

 

but later learned none of those he brought to the hospital survived.

  

Churchwell, Jana interrview Sept 10, 2011

Pilot Stanley Joseph Obarski survived to continue fight in WWII where he was captured as a POW. He faught in Vietnam and later

 

became the Commander of McCoy Air Base, Orlando FL (which is now known as Orlando International Airport!).

John H. Connor, Howard

 

G. Ely, joseph C. Hinebaugh, Tyra Thornell, Richard J. Wolf all died in the crash. Information about Col Stanley Joseph Obarski

 

can be found at: www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Obarsk...

 

Online Comments on Flickr:

Asher, G., Online posting, October 8, 2011

B-24E serial 42-7099 of the 391st Bomb Squadron, 34th BG, 1/2 mile south of Blythe Army Air Base, CA. According to

 

www.aviationarchaeology.com this was an engine failure-related, fatal crash.

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