Bedford & Manchester, N. H. – August 12, 1947

Bedford & Manchester, New Hampshire – August 12, 1947

 

AT-11, U.S. Air Force Photo

     On the evening of August 12, 1947, Army Major Cullie B. Harris, (29), of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, took off from Bedford, Massachusetts, in a Beechcraft AT-11 advanced trainer, (Ser. No. 43-37121), bound for Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire.    

     Meanwhile, a Douglas A-26 Bomber, (Ser. No. 44-35447), with a crew of three aboard, was making it’s way from Andrews Field in Maryland to Grenier Field.     

     Both aircraft happened to be in the vicinity of Manchester at the same time and collided with each other in mid-air.  The weather that day had been hot, and a thick haze hung in the air.  It was later speculated that the haze may have obstructed the view of each pilot until it was too late.   

      The trainer went down in Manchester about three miles south of Grenier Field, in a residential area where it crashed and burned after hitting a garage.   Major Harris was killed instantly.   No private homes were hit, and there were no injuries on the ground.    

A-26 Invader – U.S. Air Force Photo

     At the same time, the bomber went down in the neighboring town of Bedford, and crashed near the Manchester Country Club killing all aboard.  There were no injuries to anyone on the ground. 

     The crew of the bomber were identified as:

     Pilot: Captain John R. Stern, (26), of Nobleville, Indiana.  He’s buried in Crwonland Cemetery n Noblesville.          

     Crew Chief: Tec. Sgt. Everett W. Hughes, (33), of Derry New Hampshire. 

     Sgt. Joseph A. Ramasocky, (21), of Toledo, Ohio.

     The crew of the bomber were assigned to the 66th Fighter Wing. 

     Major Harris is buried in Hobart Rose Cemetery in Hobart Oklahoma. 

     Sources:

     The Nashua Telegram, “Four killed In Plane Crash In Manchester”, August 13, 1947.

     Joplin Globe, “Reveal Names Of Dead In Plane Collision”, August 14, 1947, page 5. 

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