Date & Time: Jan 16, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Operator:
Registration:
37-523
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
McChord - Edwards
MSN:
2523
YOM:
1937
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
6
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
7
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft was on its way from McChord AFB, Washington, to Edwards AFB, California, to take part to a training exercise at the Muroc Dry Lake. While cruising some 30 miles south of his departure point, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with low visibility due to clouds. The aircraft hit the slope of Mt Deschutes (4,322 feet high) located in the Snoqualmie National Forrest. The wreckage and seven dead bodies were found by two woodsmen on February 3, less than 30 feet from the summit.
Crew:
1st Lt Robert M. Krummes, pilot,
2nd Lt Charles Thomas Nielsen, copilot,
T/S Hearn A. Davis, flight engineer,
2nd Lt John F. Geis, navigator,
Sgt Paul L. Maas, bombardier,
Sgt Leo H. Nietling, radio operator.
Passenger:
1st Lt Lewis E. MacKay.
Source and photos: http://www.historylink.org/index.cfm?DisplayPage=output.cfm&file_id=9923
Probable cause:
The official cause of the accident was attributed to a pilot error.