Nebraska WWII Fatal Crash Site # 56

June 19, 1945

The last aircraft to crash in Nebraska during WWII that involved a fatality occurred near the town of Colon. Two pilots in an AT-6A (41-464) trainer were seen to have been in a steep dive and momentarily recovered, but then lost control and crashed into Sand Creek. The plane first struck a tree and wreckage was then scattered over a large area. Both pilots were killed instantly.

Crew Members

This site was visited on March 11, 2007, along with the assistance of a local landowner who was farming near the crash site when the accident occurred. He identified the location of the crash, however no physical evidence was recovered after a thorough search with a metal detector. Years of flooding has likely buried or swept away evidence of the crash.

This eyewitness was farming nearby when the crash took place.

AT-6 Aircraft

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