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September 14, 2007

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 spreading.

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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Service Corner…
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, designed for suicide attacks against allied shipping.

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!