Nebraska WWII Fatal Crash Site # 13
Martin Bomber Plant, Bellevue
September 22, 1943
Four airmen were testing a B-25D (42-87195) bomber near the Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant. Shortly after take-off, the left engine failed. The bomber crashed through the roof of the bomber assembly plant. Three of the crew were killed. The fourth airman suffered severe injuries, but later recovered. Another bomber, a B-26C, was on the assembly floor and was also destroyed.
This former Glenn L. Martin Bomber Plant is located on the Offutt Air Force Base. The site, which is now the home of the 55th Wing, "The Fightin' Fifty-Fifth", was visited on January 25, 2008. Although the original building still stands, it bears little resemblance to the manufacturing plant for which it was constructed.
The bomber crashed through the roof of this building.
The darkened area is where the B-25 went through the roof.
The former doors of the Martin Bomber Plant where the B-26 and B-29 bombers rolled out after completion.
The famed "Enola Gay" and "Bockscar" came through these doors to start their journey to dropping the atomic bombs.
OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE
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