Date & Time: Feb 3, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Douglas B-18 Bolo
Operator:
Registration:
39-26
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Military
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
McClellan - Pendleton
MSN:
2674
YOM:
1939
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from McClellan AFB (Sacramento) to Alaska with an intermediate stop in Pendleton, Oregon. En route, weather conditions deteriorated and the visibility was low due to snow falls. The twin engine aircraft hit the slope of Mt Wolf located in the Ochoco National Forest, central east Oregon. SAR operations were suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft was found. The wreckage was eventually found on August 13, 1942 about 60 miles east of Prineville. All four occupants were killed.
Crew (36th Squadron):
2nd Lt Richard J. Heiderstadt, pilot,
2nd LT Walter V. McShane, copilot,
T/Sgt Michael R. Bittner, flight engineer,
S/Sgt Donald R. Kirtland, radio operator.