B-17 News Articles

Articles in the Arkansas Gazette concerning the B-17 Bomber Memorial
There are several discrepancies in the following articles and on the Monument:

ARKANSAS GAZETTE, MARCH 13, 1943 - Front Page
Wreckage Burns Fiercely After Crash    
   Sheridan, March 12 --- A heavy United States army bomber fell nine miles north of Sheridan 
and two miles from Highway 35 (Sheridan-Benton) shortly after 5 p.m. today.   
   Unofficial reports were that the plane carried a crew of 11. Spectators said they could 
count four bodies in the burning wreckage. It was believed possible that some members of the 
crew might have parachuted to safety.
   The big ship was seen ablaze before the crash. Residents of the vicinity told Sheriff 
W. B. Paxton that they were attracted by several explosions, then saw the blazing plane 
falling. It came to earth on an unpaved country road. It still was blazing late tonight. A 
loud explosion was heard immediately after the plane crashed.

Board of Officers From Adams Field to Scene.
   Capt. E. P. Asmus of Adams Field, Little Rock, and other officers composing a board of 
inquiry arrived about an hour after the crash.  A dozen soldiers from Adams Field were 
posted around the wreckage to keep spectators away.

Additional soldiers were called from Little Rock later in the night.
   Rain had been falling all day and it was pitch dark when the plane fell.
However, the blazing wreckage lighted up the area for a considerable distance.  No efforts 
have been made to remove the bodies from the plane late tonight because of the extreme heat.  
It was said that the fire may not be extinquished until after midnight.
   Army officers declined to reveal the take-off point of the ship, but said that it came 
from "a northern field" and was en route to a field in Florida.
   Several hundred persons had reached the scene before the army officers arrived and posted 
a guard.
   If any of those aboard the airplane parachuted from the blazing plane, it was said they 
probably would not be found before morning because of the darkness.

Special to the Gazette
   Sheridan, March 13 --- Bodies of nine army men---four lieutenants and five sergeants --- 
killed in the crash of an army bomber nine miles north of Sheridan yesterday, were removed to 
Pine Bluff today.
   The victims all from the Smoky Hill Army Air Field at Salina, Kan., were identifed by army 
officials as:
   Second Lt. Leo E. Dolan, navigator, St. Louis, Mo.
   Second Lt. George H. Davis, pilot, Dubuque, Ia.
   Second Lt. Robert Y. Turchetto, co-pilot, Nuttley, N.Y. (Robt V. on monument)
   Second Lt. Philip E. Niewolak, bombardier, Dunkirk, N.Y. name listed on page
   Staff Sgt. Peter K. Ivanovich, Bisbee, Ari. (Ikanovich on monument)(may be Invanovich)
   Staff Sgt. DeWitt H. Tyler, Porterville, Cal.
   Sgt. David F. Secorski, Detroit, Mich.
   Staff Sgt. Arthur N. Potter, Sutton, Mass.
   Sgt. Kenneth D. Cane, Hobbs, N.M.  (Cain on monument)
   The ship was being flown from the Kansas field to a point in Florida.
Cause of the accident may never be determined, since all aboard were killed.
A Board of Officers from Adams Field, Little Rock, has begun an investigation.
   Residents near the scene of the wreck said that they heard a loud explosion and then saw 
the ship falling in flames.
   Soldiers from Camp Robinson removed salvaged parts of the plane to Little Rock.

   A Board of Inquiry headed by Capt. E. P. Asmus of Adams Field, continued investigation 
yesterday of the wreck of an army bomber which crashed Friday afternoon near Sheridan, killing 
nine army fliers.  Information concerning the cause of the accident will not be released until 
the board completes its investigation and makes a report, officials said.

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