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Crash of a North American TB-25J Mitchell in Cowpens: 3 killed

Accident description

  • Jan 10, 1954 at 1655 LT
  • 44-30496
  • Flight
  • Military
  • No
  • Plain
  • Griffiss - Donaldson
  • 108-33771
  • 1944
  • Cowpens, South Carolina
  • USA
  • North America
  • 3
  • 3
  • 0
  • 0
  • 3
  • The crew left Griffiss AFB in Rome, New York, at 1330LT on a routine flight to Donaldson AFB, Greenville, South Carolina. While descending to Greenville, the pilot encountered foggy conditions when the airplane hit trees and lost its tail before crashing in a wooded area located in Cowpens, about 35 miles northeast of Donaldson AFB. The airplane was totally destroyed by impact forces and a post crash fire and the tail was found about a mile away from the main wreckage. It was reported that the crew encountered difficulties shortly before the accident.
    Crew:
    Col Paul C. Schauer, pilot,
    Maj Russell Kraus, copilot,
    A1c Frederick W. Walker, flight engineer.