Crash in Crosstown Memphis 1944

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I knew that a B-24 in a field near Millington the War, but I had never heard of a disaster taking place in and assumed people had confused two But then I discovered that 29, 1944 was a dark day in our city’s

Just before 11 o’clock morning, people in the vicinity of and Cleveland looked up when noticed a U.S. Army bomber in distress. Some said the twin-engine plane flipped over and was flying down; others said the were sputtering or had quit

W.D. Parr was standing a gas station on North Cleveland he saw the plane falling from the I thought it was going to hit me. he told I was running one way, then the trying to dodge it. The plane was Seemed to straighten out for a second, nosed almost straight into a house.

The Commercial Appeal conveyed the of what happened next: The staccato bark of a dry8ing a plane plummeting earthward, the sound of impact, a dense of black oil-smoke billowing

Piloted by a Memphian, Capt. Quale, the B-25 was on a training with just two other men — Flight Officer Trickel of Memphis and Lt. Leon of Dallas — when the failed minutes away landing at Memphis Municipal The plane plunged within a feet of Tech High and the pilot desperately tried to in the parking lot behind Southern Lanes on Cleveland. By all accounts, heroically steered the doomed away from residential but it smashed into a two-story at 222 North Claybrook behind the alley.

As you can imagine, the scene was utter The newspaper described the scene was chaos. The newspaper described a of shouting, running people, of fire apparatus and ambulances: of women; of grim-faced men who wanted to do but couldn’t.

The women had good to be semi-hysterical. That house was that morning, and everyone in it was instantly. The victims included 23 old Norman Cobb, his 22 year old Naomi, their 2 year old Garlene, and another resident, 55 old Beatrice Withers. In an ironic Cobb worked as an air traffic for the airport; he was home that because his shift didn’t until 4 p.m.

Brave citizens managed to two bodies from the plane before it exploded in a fireball of flames and smoke. The first on the scene showed up within in unusual gear — jerseys and cleates, because had been playing a game at Hodges Field against the Shore Patrol when saw the crash.

Everyone that day about near-misses. Victim Withers’ sister, Mary, had left the house to go to the bank. She was two blocks away when she the explosion. R.D. Pillow at 318 N. Claybrook. I heard a tremendous and the ground shook, he told I ran to the window and saw the bomber crashed the backyard of the house next Pillow’s own home was scorched by Two doors away, some boys were climbing in a when the plane clipped the and crashed. A piece of the plane hit me, Francis Shepperd, showing a gash on his leg, and oil splashed on us. The fell all around us.

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It took the fire department, by special chemical units the airport, hours to quench the No one ever determined the cause of the The pilot never reported any with the airplane, and the B-25 had been inspected and overhauled six before. An officer with the Accident Investigation Committee I am as much at a loss as to the cause of the as the general public.

In the days that followed, than 20,000 Memphians the crash site, and the Army in MPs to control the crowds. Although lives were lost, breathed a sign of relief the plane somehow missed High, the Southern Bowling Sears Crosstown, and dozens of businesses that would made the death toll higher.

Today, there is no of the tragedy. The wrecked homes on were rebuilt. Southern Lanes closed in the 1960s, the building and parking lot remain. The victims were buried Beatrice Withers in Forest Cemetery here, the others in New Indiana, and Washington D.C. And people, it seems, have no of the worst aviation disaster in history.

Note: The crash occurred on a and school was not in session.

— Lauderdale

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