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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 111661
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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Date:11-JAN-1943
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic B25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
North American B-25C Mitchell
Owner/operator:United States Army Air Force (USAAF)
Registration: 42-113247
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Peterson Field, Co Sprgs, CO -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Training
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Narrative:
At 1110 hrs on January 11, 1943, a North American B-25C Mitchell medium bomber (42-113247) spun to earth near Peyton, 20 miles northeast of Peterson Field, Colorado Springs, Colorado, when the instructor pilot failed to recover from a spin after an excessive movement of the rudder trim tab. Investigation disclosed that excessive use of the rudder tab control caused these early models of the B-25 to snap-roll resulting in a spin. This problem had previously been reported by pilots who lived to tell about it but the shortage of B-25 aircraft at Peterson Field kept them in service. This accident resulted in a report to the Field Service Command at Wright Field that may have corrected a design flaw. Future lives may have been saved by this tragic event.

Crew (all killed):
2nd Lt. Richard P. Marx, 0-661525, instructor pilot, Mt. Carmel, IL
F.O. Earl L. Sumner, 14044079, co-pilot trainee, Tampa, FL
F.O. Gordon F. Anderson, 19052953, co-pilot trainee, Lancaster, MN
2nd Lt. Robert C. Markway, 0-734580, navigator, Jefferson City, MO
Pfc. Frederick H. Hansfield, 37120826, engineer, Jackson, MN
Pfc. Newell L. Cadwell, 37194793, radio operator, Marshalltown, IA

Sources:

http://coloradoaircrashes.com/Crashsites/crash_site16.htm
"Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents in the United States, 1941-1945. Volume 1, January 1941-June 1943", by Anthony J. Mireles. ISBN 0-7864-2788-4
http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/AARmonthly/Jan1943S.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peyton,_Colorado
http://www.mapquest.com/maps?city=Peyton&state=CO


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
11-Jan-2016 15:31 Laurent Rizzotti Updated [Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Nature, Source, Narrative]

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