Kansas City, KS Bomber Crashes, Apr 1942



Kansas City, (AP) -- A civilian manned, two-motored bomber crashed in a test flight Sunday less than a mile from municipal air terminal. The crew of five were killed.
The dead:
RAYMOND B. QUICK, 44, chief test pilot of the Fairfax (Kansas City, Kans.) North American aviation plant.
ORAN BASIL SIMS, 38, co-pilot.
CHARLES FREDERICK, JR., 28, test flight engineer.
JOSEPH R. PEACHER, 26, test flight engineer.
EDWARD R. KRAKORA, 21, test flight engineer.
All lived in Kansas City.
The B-25D type plane crashed and burned in nearby railroad yards a few minutes after take-off. Witnesses said the craft never rose above 150 or 200 feet.
"The cause of the accident will be determined from it we shall learn the way to avoid another," a company memorandum to employes read Monday. "Fivesoldiers of production have given their lives to their country no less courageously than though they fought at Corregidor."
Strange twists of fate put PEACHER and KRAKORA aboard the plane.
PEACHER, a radio expert, resigned a job at Omaha because he couldn't find a place there for his family to live and had moved back to his old home in Kansas City, Kans., Saturday.
KRAKORA had been promoted to fill a vacancy -- just in time for the fatal flight.

Mason City Globe-Gazette Iowa 1942-04-27

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