Caribou, ME. – June 26, 1943

Caribou, Maine – June 26, 1943


B-26G Bomber
U.S. Air Force Photo

     Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on the morning of June 26, 1943, an army B-26 bomber, (Ser. No. 41-31645), was en-route to cross the Atlantic  with a crew of five aboard.   

     Meanwhile, four adults and a 10-year-old boy were working in an open field on the farm of Carl Rasmussen in Caribou loading rocks on two horse-drawn wagons.  

     The B-26 came out of the sky and crashed right were the civilians were working, killing four of the five of them, as well as all members of the aircraft crew.  The momentum of the aircraft carried it onward into an adjoining field and the debris field stretched all the way to a wooded area.  

     The four civilians killed on the ground were identified as Alfred Winters and his 10-year-old son, Miss Ann Theriault, (25), and Miss Elouise Newton, (18)  

     The servicemen were identified as:

     (Pilot) 1st. Lt. Bertrand N. Robertson, (28) of Maine.

     1st Lt. Edwin Hankinson, (25 – 26) of Morrice, Michigan.

     2nd Lt. Herbert Myers, of Portland, Maine.

     S/Sgt. William H. Jochim, (20), of Louisville, Nebraska

     T/Sgt. John Kuser, of New York City

     Source: Fort Fairfield Review, (Me.), “Nine-Death Bomber Crash Sat. Was Third Airplane Accident In Green Ridge Section In Ten-Month Period”, June 30, 1943, page 1.  



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