Watkins, CO Bomber Explodes In Air, Aug 1940

9 DIE IN ARMY AIR CRASH.

BOMBER BLOWN TO BITS IN EXPLOSION OVER COLO. THURS.

TWO OFFICERS, SEVEN ENLISTED MEN KILLED; ONE OF VICTIMS WAS TENNESSEAN; HAIL THOUGHT LIKELY CAUSE OF ACCIDENT.

Denver -- Two officers and seven enlisted men were killed last night when a twin-motored army bomber crashed and exploded during a rainstorm, it was announced officially today.
The men were "blown to bits" the report said.
The plane crashed six miles south of Watkins, Colo. The ship was said to have been torn to threads when it exploded and bits of the bodies of the crew members were strewn over a wide area.
The dead were:
Second Lieutenant WILBURN CHAMPAGNE, Denver, pilot.
Second Lieutenant ROBERT SCHMIDTCHEN, Long Island, N. Y.
CLARENCE HOBBS, Denver.
CLAUDE HUTCHINSON, Denver.
WILLIAM McDEARMAN, Lebanon, Tenn.
TRUMAN FRASER, McCrory, Ark.
CHARLEY KELLY, Texarkana, Ark.
WELDON BRYSON, Deport, Tex.
ROY ADKINS, Switz City, Ind.
Hail may have been the cause of the crash.

Middlesboro Daily News Kentucky 1940-08-23