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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 111661
Last updated: 17 March 2020
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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
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
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

"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,_Colorado

Revision history:

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

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