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Bruning, NE Bomber-Fighter Collision, July 1944


Bruning Army Air Field, Bruning, Neb. -- (UP) -- Seven crewmen of a B-17 bomber and the pilot of a P-47 fighter were killed about 9:30 a.m. when the planes collided during a combat training flight, Lt. Col Charles B. Stead of the Bruning army air base announced Wednesday.
Names of the eight persons killed were not revealed pending notification of next of kin.
The bomber was based at the Sioux City army air base and the fighter plane at Bruning.
The crash occurred two and a half miles east of Bruning.

Waterloo Daily Courier Iowa 1944-07-12

B-17 Bomber Killed:
Second Lt. JACK C. SCHMIDT, pilot, Blue Lake, Calif.
Second Lt. FRANK A. REMKE, navigator, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Second Lt. JOSEPH SILVERSTEIN, bombardier, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Cpl. FRANK E. WADDELL, engineer, Hindman, Kent.
Cpl. FRANK CASANOVA, radioman, Norway, Mich.
T/Sgt. CHARLES L. STRICKLAND, gunner, Mart, Texas.
Pfc. EDWARD D. WIELAND, gunner, Cleveland, Ohio.
B-17 Bomber Survivors:
Second Lt. WALLACE E. CLEMENTS, copilot, Chicago, Ill.
Cpl. LEONARD J. RIZUTTI, gunner, Walla Walla, Wash.
Cpl. SALVADOR V. HALCON, gunner, Salinas, Calif.

P-47 Fighter Killed:
Second Lt. CHARLES F. JEWETT, pilot, Lakeland, Florida.

article | by Dr. Radut