Black Mesa, AZ Air Force Transport Crash, Dec 1944

16 ARE DEAD AFTER CRASH OF TRANSPORT.

Colorado Springs, (UP) -- The death toll in the crash of a transport type plane found by the Second Air Force search and rescue section on Black Mesa Mountain, Arizona, mounted to 16 today, according to an announcement from Second Air Force headquarters here.
Officials who estimated the number of dead at 12 last night, said that no identification was available as yet.
The plane which had been missing since Christmas day while en route from the Tucson, Ariz., Municipal Airport to Palm Springs, Cal., was located last night. The wreckage was found by Maj. K. P. Kelley, who yesterday led the search by four military and 12 civilian air patrol planes.
The search and rescue section still was looking for a P-38 fighter plane also reported missing on Christmas Day. The plane was en route from Long Beach, to Coolidge, Ariz., and had a line of flight over the same terrain which claimed the transport.

The Hayward Review California 1944-12-29

The Casualty List:
Captain BEN GIBSON, pilot.
Lt. GEORGE WINZLER, co-pilot.
Sgt. JACK MAIER, engineer.
Pvt. FRANK BYRNE, radio operator.
Passengers:
Infantry PFC GEORGE JONES.
Infantry PFC DUDLEY HUTTON.
Infantry PFC GEORGE FRANCIS.
Infantry PFC BRUCE CARDEN.
Infantry PFC HAIG SANSIAN.
Infantry Pvt. LEROY THOMAS.
Infantry Sgt. WILLIAMS YATES.
Infantry Sgt. CLYDE WIKADEL.
Navy Yeoman JAMES WOODLEY.
Navy Yeoman DONALD BRAKEBILL.
Navy Seaman EDGELL POWELL.
Navy Chief E. O. MILLIRON.
Flight Officer A. C. MIDDLETON.

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Flight Officer A.C.

Flight Officer A.C. Middleton was my father.

William Yates was my uncle.

William Yates was my uncle. His name is misspelled in the reports.