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First, welcome to the forum. Secondly. thanks for sharing your family story--it is very interesting. Take care. Jim
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If you contact Craig Fuller of AAIR, they will have a copy of the accident report. AAIR fees are very modest. I have ordered many reports from them. I know AAIR is in the process of moving locations from AZ to CA so it may be a few weeks but they will be able to answer a lot of the questions you might have. http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/ Brad
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Here is the summary from page 388 of
FATAL ARMY AIR FORCES AVIATION ACCIDENTS IN THE UNITED STATES 1941-1945: MacDill Field, Florida. May 29, 1943. Martin B-26B # 41-31762 crashed at MacDill Field, Florida, killing six fliers. The airplane was part of a flight of three that was returning to MacDill Field after flying a "reveiw" flight. The formation was to land at MacDill and refuel for the flight back to the home station at Myrtle Beach Army Air Field, South Carolina. The flight leader radioed the tower while the formation was flying on the downwind leg of the traffic pattern. The formation, which was echelon right, did not break up until the pilots were turning on the base leg. All three ships extended their landing gear at the same time while turning onto the final approach. The first ship was cleared to land and the second ship, which was about 200 feet above the level of the two other airplanes, was ordered to go around by the control tower. The number two ship retracted the landing gear and climbed as it flew away. The number three airplane, flying at about 200 feet agl, apparently encountered severe propeller turbulence form the lead airplane and was seen to enter a vertical bank to the left. The pilot leveled out, but the airplane began to yaw to the left and then to the right. The subject airplane then entered a half roll to the right and smashed into the ground in an inverted attitude, exploding violently into flames upon impact. Killed in the crash were: 2Lt. Elmer D. Martin, pilot; 2Lt. Edgar R. Richardson, co-pilot; 2Lt. Edward B. Pogonowski, bombardier/navigator; SSgt. Samuel R. Fasone, engineer; SSgt. Fred G. Kimmerele, radio operator; Ssgt. Frank Canavit, gunner. Appears to be a landing accident. Sorry for your lost uncle. Blackie
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Blackie and everyone,
I am so sorry for this tardy response. THANK YOU. for your assistance.
I passed it along to my entire family. My mother and aunt are 93 & 98 and still speak of Ed as if he is still with us.
My mother was pregnant with her first child and living in NYC, my father was a Lt. in the Navy and stationed in Manhattan when the crash occurred. She was very well along and her Doctor refused to allow her to travel by train home for her baby brothers funeral.
Mom gave birth to her first child on June 7, 1943 and they named him Edward after his her deceased brother.
As long as my grandmother was a live all my aunts, uncles, kids would visit Edy's grave on Memorial Day and I got to place a small US flag next to his headstone.
Recently, The Western Reserve Historical Society Cleveland had a program similar to Ken Burns/ Letter Home. They had various nationalities present their experiences. I was asked to present because of my interest in the Polish community and military history back round. I made a short presentation and then read my Aunt Julies last letter to Ed and his last letter home.......he never read Julies last letter.....it was return to her postmarked recipient deceased.
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Well the misinformation continues. An article in today's Tampa Bay Times about the Memphis Bell being stationed at MacDill claims "there were 31 B-26s that ditched in the warm waters of Tampa Bay in the month of September 1942 alone". It is probably a reporters misquote of a statement. I imagine there may have been 31 B-26 incidents in September '42 at MacDill, but I doubt there were 31 ditchings of any aircraft type during any given month of WWII. Dennis
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Well, I have spent the last few weeks going through many accident reports. I have looked over around 3,000 already. My primary focus are all the B-26 crashes in Florida, specifically the ones from the Fall of 1942 to the end of 1943. This is the timeframe when the "One a day in Tampa Bay" took place. Its going to take a while but I have lots of central Florida reports identified. There were an incredible number of B-26 accidents and incidents at MacDill, Avon Park and Lakeland. I hope to have some real numbers and facts compiled on this subject, well sometime in the future. I have a few thousand accident reports still to go through but finally, I have original source documents to reference.
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I'm looking forward to learning the facts
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Definitely interested in this. Anything on the B-17B that went into Hillsborough Bay (before Pearl Harbor I believe)? From my research, it was the first one in "Tampa Bay". Most get the B-26 "incidents" confused with the actual B-26s that went into the Bay mixed up. There really weren't all that many B-26s that went into the bay. Dennis (not to be confused with Denny - who lives across the bay).