Nebraska WWII Fatal Crash Site # 15
October 10, 1943
The October 10, 1943, crash of a B-24H (41-291815) bomber near Wayne was the second of two unrelated B-24's that crashed near that city. (The first crash occurred on October 4, 1942, and the two sites are often confused with each other). The 1943 crash involved a crew of six airmen from the Fairmont Army Air Field. The crew were in the area to do a high-altitude simulated bombing over the range near Stanton. The cause of the crash is unknown, but eyewitnesses claim to have seen the bomber circling the city of Wayne several times before leaving. At least part of the tail section came off before the plane crashed into a cornfield and exploded upon impact killing all occupants.
This site was visited on April 21, 2007, with the assistance of a local landowner who was an eyewitness to the crash. He aided in finding evidence of the exact location in a cultivated field with the use of a metal detector.
The crash site is located in this field.
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