Oroville Mercury November 7, 1945
3 Army Fliers Die In Crash Near Chico
B-29 About to Land: Falls In Rough Area
Three army fliers were killed and one was seriously injured as the
result of a crash of a B-29 bomber near Chico army air field, Col.
A. W. Tyder, field commander, announced today. The plane, based
at Love Field, Texas, but en route from Denver to Chico, crashed
and burned about six miles northeast of the field last night. Only
four men were aboard. Their names were withheld pending notification
of relatives. Officers said the plans was in its final landing approach
to the field when the crash occurred. Tyder said that rugged terrain
had prevented ground crews from reaching the plane for several hours.
Gas Tanks Explodes
Henry Gaub, assistant state ranger, said the plane crashed on the
east slope of Rock Creek about three miles southwest of Cohasset.
It apparently had struck a tree before crashing into the hill and
then plunging down into the canyon, he said. Wreckage of the plane
was strewn down the canyon. The gasoline tanks had exploded. The
injured soldier was found about 50 feet from where the plane crashed.
He told Gaub that he did not pass out when the ship hit that he
crawled away when it started to burn. The flier is in the CAAF hospital.
His condition was described as serious but not critical. Leslie
A. Wilson, assistant state ranger, and Gaub were summoned to the
area to prevent a possible outbreak of fire starting from the plane.
Gaub said a light rain that had fallen earlier kept the fire from
About Local Folks
Mr. and Mrs. Arden Booth, son-in-law and daughter of the Rev. and
Mrs. D. Henry Mills, who have been spending a month at the Mills
home, will leave Monday by plane from Sacramento for their home
in Lawrence, Kansas. Mr. Booth who was recently discharged from
the armed forces will resume his duties as staff announcer and director
of music at radio station WREN.
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Keener Helps Force Suicide Squad to Quit Shanghai, China
– Richard Norman Keener, 22, torpedo man, third class, Palermo Rd.
Oroville, helped bring about the surrender and immobilization of
a Japanese “suicide” garrison a month after the official surrender
of Japan’s armed forces. Serving aboard the destroyer Waller, a
21 man landing force aided Chinese authorities in the demobilization,
on an isolated island off the China coast. Natives said the destroyer
was the first U. S. warship in history to visit the ancient Chinese
island. The scene of the action was tiny Bunji Island, a suicide
naval base in the Chusan Archipelago, 80 miles southeast of Shanghai.
The Japanese garrison had two gunboats and 87 high-speed small craft,
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Stu’s notes: I just found this story about the B-29 crash. The
B-29 was our biggest bomber at the time.
I went to school with Chuck and Bubby Gaub, Henry was probably
their dad or Uncle I think. Daryl and I are researching Chico Army
Air Base as I write. We think many young men died flying in and
out of there and were forgotten. Arden Booth came back to Oroville
and was General Manager of KDAN, our Historic Radio Station. Many
returning GI’s were helped by the Bond Money. In reality 250,000
Americans lost in WWII was a low figure now we read 400,000. Please
remember next Friday, September 21, 2007 is POW/MIA Recognition
Day. We will have a Candle light service on the steps of the Veterans
Memorial Hall on Montgomery Street at 6:45pm. It is a very moving
tribute to those who never came home and those who were held as
prisoners. Everyone is invited to attend this recognition service.
Happy Birthday, today, to daughter Paula!