EASTMAN DONALD E 31319948 SGT DNB
Portland Press Herald - March 8, 1944
PLANE CRASHES NEAR HOME OF
Maxwell -- (AP) -- An army bomber
crashed near here during a snow and
wind storm about 6 a.m. Monday and
persons who inspected the wreckage
said six fliers were killed.
It was not determined immediately
whether any other fliers were aboard.
Robert Postal, mail carrier who was
among the first to reach the scene,
said one body lay a short distance
from the wreckage and at least five
were visible in the debris.
The plane crashed on the Cleat
Donahoo farm two miles north and two
miles east of here. The scene of the
crash was 40 miles northeast of Des
Mr. and Mrs. Donahoo witnessed the
crash from their bedroom window.
They said an explosion apparently
occurred before the ship fell and it
was burning as it reached the ground.
The Maxwell fire department was
called. The wreckage was still burning
at 10 a.m.
The plane fell in a pasture about 80
yards south of the Donahoo barn.
The wreckage, revealed nine pieces
of luggage, but only the six bodies
Council Bluffs Nonpareil Iowa
IDENTIFY VICTIMS OF BOMBER CRASH.
Kearney, Neb. (AP) -- Names of seven
Kearney Air Base fliers killed when a
Kearney-based bomber crashed near
Maxwell, Ia., early Monday in a snow
and wind storm were released Monday
night by Col.
Charles C. Coppin, commanding
Ten were aboard the craft but whether
others were killed was not disclosed.
Those named by Colonel Coppin were:
2nd Lt. CLARENCE G. DUVALL,
2nd Lt. RAYMOND N. GRAY, Lake City,
S. Sgt. MARTIN J. GIBBONS, Brooklyn,
Sgt. DONALD E. EASTMAN, Bath, Me.
Sgt. DAN H. FOLTZ, Lancaster, Calif.
Sgt. CLIFFORD W. LYNUM, Rt. 2,
Sgt. LORRAINE M. HOLTHOUSE,
The Nebraska State Journal Lincoln 1944-03-07