Nebraska WWII Fatal Crash Site # 30

Merna
April 29, 1944

Ten airmen in a B-24E (41-28413) were en route from Chicago to Denver when they flew into the side of a canyon wall near Merna. The plane had been flying just above the ground due to fog and was trying to stay low for better visibility. After flying through a valley, the crew could not lift up the plane in time to avoid hitting the side of the hill which suddenly appeared before them. All occupants were instantly killed.

Crew Members


This site was visited on November 19, 2006, along with crash site researchers Larry & Vi Carpenter of Colorado. The site was identified by a local rancher who was a witness to the crash site. Evidence of the exact location was found in a pasture and cedar tree laden ravine.



The plane flew into the top of the ridge in the background.

B-24 Aircraft


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