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Date:28-SEP-1944
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-29 Superfortress
Owner/operator:874th BSqn /498th BGp USAAF
Registration: 42-65215
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:10
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Philip, South Dakota -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Kearny AAF, Nebraska
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Martin-Omaha B-29-10-MO Superfortress 42-65214: Built under licence by Glenn L. Martin Company, Omaha, Nebraska. Delivered to the USAAF 9 September 1944. Assigned to 874th Bomb Squadron, 498th Bomb Group, Great Bend AAF, Kansas.

Written of (destroyed) when the aircraft had a mid-air collision on 28 September 1944 with B-29 #42-63433 at approximately 17,000 to 18,000 feet altitude in the skies near Philip, South Dakota (at approximate co ordinates at 43 50' N, 101 0' W,

The two bombers were operating out of the Kearny Army Airfield in Nebraska. Two of the ten crew of 42-65215 managed to bail out the other eight were killed. One of them, Dale "Bucko" Coates, parachuted to earth, and landed at White River, South Dakota. According to a contemporary press report:

"Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 3, 1944
Lt. Weimer Killed In Plane Crash In South Dakota.

Lt. Robert Weimer, 23, Navigator Bombardier on a B-29, was killed as the result of an airplane accident near Phillip, South Dakota on Sept. 28. The telegram, which was received by his mother, Mrs. Ethel Mae Weimer, Union City, stated that the delay in notifying here was occasioned by the fact that the accident occurred a considerable distance from the nearest installation, and much time was consumed in gaining access to the wreckage and returning the remains to Rapid City, South Dakota.

The eight crew members on board 42-65215 that were killed were:

Captain Billy J. Wheeler
2nd Lt. Robert E. Weimer
2nd Lt. Gerald T. McGrand
2nd Lt. Mathew G. Lutostanski
2nd Lt. Roland J. Hand
T/Sgt. Marshall Wayne Ballard
Cpl. Warren J. McCarthy
SSGT Dallas George Chevrie

Sources:

1. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1942_3a.html
3. http://www.bbpmag.com/2013mags/may-june/BBC_May13_LastPage.pdf
4. Union City Times-Gazette, Tuesday, October 3, 1944
5. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/87183678 .

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Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
08-Jun-2017 20:03 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
08-Jun-2017 20:26 Dr. John Smith Updated [Other fatalities, Source]
23-Mar-2020 16:01 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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