Eight Die As Tanker Plane Falls
. (grlanbn &rtttfnrl 11 D Thursday, July 23, 1959 Eight Die As Tanker PlaneFalls ANDOVER, N. H. OTT An air force refueling tanker caught fire on a pre-dawn pre-dawn pre-dawn training mission yesterday and crashed in a hayfield. Its seven-man seven-man seven-man crew perished in a thunderous explosion of 8,000 gallons of gasoline. The huge KC97, out of Pease Air Force Base, Ports mouth, N. H., virtually dis integrated as its tanks blew up. It was en route to refuel a bomber over Central New Hampshire. THE PILOT was Capt James H. White, who lived with his wife and three chil dren at Portsmouth. She is expecting a fourth child White was a native of Som- Som- merville, Mass. Other victims were 1st. Lt, Harold C. High, Duluth Minn; 1st Lt. Dean H. Holz-worth, Holz-worth, Holz-worth, Worland, Wyo; T Sgt. Marion C, . Akerman, Vevay, Ind.; T Sgt. Owen Q Combs and A 3C Phillips K. Darst, Norman, Okla. All were attached to the 509th Air Refueling Sqdn. State Trpr. James Humphrey, Humphrey, who was cruising about a mile from the crash said: "I SAW THE flash and heard the explosion. The plane hit the ground and the whole sky lit up . . The wreckage was strewn about a mile. I guess. It was a ter rible thing to see." Crewmen of a sister ship said the plane was flying at about 15,000 feet when the left wing appeared to catch fire. It banked off to the left and disappeared from view A team of officers from Pease Air Base is investigating. investigating.