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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 263708
Last updated: 29 November 2021
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Date:03-DEC-1954
Time:Approx 1300
Type:Silhouette image of generic O1 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna L-19
Owner/operator:US Army White Sands Proving Grounds (now White Sands M
Registration:
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:White Sands Proving Grounds New Mexico, Nike Area 3, approx 10 miles f -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Condron Field, New Mexico
Destination airport:Condron Field, New Mexico
Narrative:
US Army L-19 observation aircraft was participating in Nike Missile testing/recovery operations and crashed in Nike Area 3 of the White Sands Proving Grounds (now White Sands Missile Range) approximately 10 miles from the Headquarters Building. Both pilot (2nd Lieutenant Bruce R. Campbell of Larchmont NY) and observer (2nd Lieutenant George W. Withers of Spencer NC) were killed.

Sources:

The "Wind and Sand" (White Sands Proving Ground base newspaper) December 10, 1954, Volume V, No. 37.
Also, time of crash is indicated from an article in The Greenville News, Greenville SC, December 5, 1954, page 8.

Media:

For the Greenville News clipping about this accident see the following link: https://soh.alumni.clemson.edu/scroll/george-wesley-withers/

Revision history:

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08-Jun-2021 05:39 ritchij Added

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