Nebraska WWII Fatal Crash Site # 51

Bruning Army Air Field
September 14, 1944

Five P-47's had been practicing formation flying near Cordova when one went out of control and crashed. The remaining four returned to the Bruning Army Air Field where the pilot of another P-47D (42-22577) was apparently distraught over the earlier crash of his fellow pilot. Upon trying to land, the pilot lost control of his aircraft and crashed on the runway. The pilot was killed as the plane completely broke apart across the main north-south runway.

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This site was initially investigated on July 21, 2007, and again on November 13, 2007. On the latter date, one piece of possible wreckage was found along the east side of the north-south runway in the approximate location where eyewitnesses stated the crash took place.



The north-south runway at Bruning is now used for spreading livestock manure for mulch.

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