Austin, NV (near) Bomber Crash, June 1943



Austin, Nev. (AP) -- A sheriff's party reached the wreckage of an army air transport command plane 18 miles west of here Sunday and found all 11 occupants dead.
The bodies have been taken to the Reno air base.
Sheriff Frank Hammond said a party led by Deputy Sheriff George Dory found the plane "smashed to splinters," but not burned, at an elevation of 8000 feet.
Apparently the men died instantly because there were no signs of life, the sheriff said.
The sheriff said the plane is believed to have crashed on May 31. He said George H. Bonner, superintendent of the Smith Creek state fish hatchery near the scene, told of hearing a plane during the afternoon on that date.
Austin is 150 miles east of Reno and the plane was found 18 air miles west of Austin. The search party, however, had to travel 44 miles by automobile and six miles on horses to reach the scene.
The plane was first sighted about 7:30 a.m. Saturday by a civilian air patrol pilot.
The C.A.P. had been searching for a two-engined army transport plane from General Mitchell field, Milwaukee, reported missing en route from Colorado Springs, Colo., to Reno, Nev.
Officers at the Reno air base declined to say whether the crashed plane was the Mitchell field transport, which was reported missing since 8 p.m. M.W.T., May 31.

The Salt Lake Tribune Utah 1943-06-07

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