Mineola, NY Army Bomber Crashes, Jan 1942

FIVE MEN KILLED IN BOMBER CRASH.

PLANE EXPLODES AFTER HITTING ELECTRIC WIRES.

Mineola, N. Y., Jan. 1 (AP) -- An Army bomber crashed into a gravel pit near here Thursday after striking a high tension wire and took the lives of its five-man crew in two rapid explosions that were heard over a five mile area.
Army officers reported that the twin-motored plane showed signs of distress as it reached West Mineola and apparently was heading for a nearby open field when it lost altitude and struck the high tension wire.
The dead were identified as:
Second Lieut. CHARLES W. VAN LEUWEN, 23, pilot, a native of Allendale, Mich.
Second Lieut. JOSEPH J. ORR, co-pilot, Oak Park, Ill.
Cadet EARL W. RAY, 24, navigator, a native of Kings Mill, Ohio.
Private EDWARD A. ONUFROWICZ, 20, a native of Newburyport, Mass.
Private JOSEPH W. GALLICK, 20, radioman, native of Pittsburgh.

Albuquerque Journal New Mexico 1942-01-02

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