SIX SLIGHTLY INJURED AS BOMBER CRASHES AT NATIONAL AIRPORT

WOMAN RESERVE OFFICER AMONG MARINES ABOARD; WEATHER BLAMED

The Evening Star

Washington D.C., April 5 1944--Its wings weighted with snow and ice, a B-25 Mitchell bomber overshot a landing strip at National Airport yesterday afternoon and rammed into the side of a 20-foot gully.

Five marines and a member of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve escaped with only minor injuries.

The plane, piloted by Lt. Col. S. W. Ralston and being used as a Navy transport, was nearly a a standstill when it rolled over the landing strip and smashed into a ditch.  A wing was crumpled and the fuselage buckled.

Airport firemen immediately sprayed spilled gasoline with fomite averting a possible fire.  An Army guard was posted to keep curious spectators away from the damaged craft.

Slightly bruised in the accident were Col. B. F. Johnson, Corpl. M. F. Pasachnik, Pfc. A. J. Klinke crewmen; Lt. Col. William H. Klenke and Maj. Marion B. Dryden of the Marine Corps Women's Reserve, passengers.

PBJ Crash at National Airport Photograph

BOMBER CRASHES AT NATIONAL AIRPORT--A B-25 Mitchell bomber serving as a Navy transport and piloted by a Marine officer is shown after it overshot a runway and hit a 20-foot gully while landing at National Airport yesterday afternoon.  The six marines aboard, including a woman officer, were only slightly injured. --Star Staff Photo.

This crash at National Airport in Washington, DC, resulted in the injury of two members of VMB-613 who were aboard as crewmembers; Sergeant Michael F. Pasachnik and Sergeant Alvin J. Klinke.   The aircraft, a PBJ-1C (BuNo 35040), was being flown by officers of MAG-61 and MAG-62 at the time of the incident.

The Evening Star  (via  Robert Klinke)

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