Medford, OR (near) Coast Guard Plane Crash, Feb 1947

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TWO SURVIVE COAST GUARD PLANE CRASH.

BOTH PASSENGERS LIVE BUT FOUR CREW MEMBERS KILLED.

Medford, Ore., Feb. 12 -- (AP) -- The two survivors of the Coast Guard airplane that crashed north of here were in a hospital tonight and State Police Sgt. L. H. Harrell said one man was badly burned but the second was uninjured.
Harrell aid the two men were passengers on the PBY craft that crashed into Diamond Rock Mountain side yesterday and that the four members of the crew were burned in the wreckage.
The State Police officer said he could not report their names.
The uninjured survivor told how the airplane was flying in a fog when the mountain suddenly loomed in front of the plane. The pilot swerved but it was too late and one wing of the plane was torn off. It crashed and burst into flames.
The four members of the crew were not able to move from their positions, the police sergeant said the Coast Guardsman said.
The two men crwled from holes broken into the side of their plane and tumbled into the snow to entinguish flames on their clothing. One was burned about the body, one arm and the face.
Sgt. Harrell said he was badly burned but apparently not in critical condition.
The ground party led by Harrell reached the crash scene about 5:05 p.m. (PST) today and immediately started down the mountain side, bearing the two men on stretchers. They reached a large military type four wheel drive truck on the mountain road and then pushed through the drifts as rapidly as possible. They reached the Tiller-Medford Highway where the ambulance waited at about 7:40 p.m., Harrell said.
Harrell said he was accompanied by Police Officers P. B. Lowd and Charles Neal and U.S. Forest Ranger Bud Lowell in the vigorous search of the snow covered mountain.
Their efforts to find the airplane were aided by a Coast Guard search plane which earlier in the day signaled from the sky the approximate direction where the plane had sighted the wreckage smoke.
The police sergeant said another party would return to the scene tomorrow morning to bring out the bodies of the four dead crewmen.
Harrell described the scene as a twisted mass of scorched metal and that he believed it would be very difficult to identify the crew members.

Del Rio News Herald Texas 1947-02-13

Crew Casualties:
Lt. Cmdr. JOHN W. MACINTOSH, JR.
Lt. (j.g.) RALPH E. OSTERBERG.
AMMC ROY MASON.
ARM1 RUFIN E. CROSBY.