Aircraft Wrecks in the Mountains and Deserts of the American West


At 9:40pm on the night of June 11, 1943, B-24D #42-40770 was returning from the practice bombing range 40 miles north of Pocatello Army Air Base when it encountered bad weather.  What began as a partly cloudy moonlit evening quickly developed into a thunderstorm with 60 mph winds.  Witnesses on the ground reported seeing the bomber cruising at about 2000 ft. and banking into a turn when it was hit by a very strong wind gust that rolled it over onto its back.  Spinning out of control, it plummeted into a potato field about 10 miles north of Aberdeen, Idaho, narrowly missing a farmer who was checking his irrigation water.  The aircraft exploded and all nine crew members were killed instantly.  Today a few small shards of aluminum and plexiglass can still be found on the surface of the field.  Site visited 3/17/15.  Special thanks to David Wahlen and Harold Clausch for help in locating this crash site.

Last photo:  Sgt. George A. Basnight, Jr., gunner on #42-40770.


FL / O  Lenval H. Cash, pilot, Joplin, Missouri
2 Lt.     William T. Allard, Roslindale, Massachusetts
2 Lt.     Edwin E. Wilson, Jr., Birmingham, Alabama
2 Lt.     Frank E. Kellogg, Miami, F
Sgt.     George A. Basnight, Jr., Elizabeth City, North Carolina
Sgt.     Fred W. Dilworth, Greenville, South Carolina
Sgt.     Donald H. Lindsey, Spokane, Washington
Sgt.     Chester M. Wingate, Shamokin, Pennsylvania
Sgt.     Warren O. Bacon, Springfield, Illinois






Sgt. George A. Basnight, Jr., gunner on B-24D #42-40770


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