Accidents at George Field
Flight training was a dangerous operation. There were many planes in the air at once and they did a lot of night flying in all kinds of bad weather. The following is a partial listing of some of the accidents that occurred at George Field during World War II. Information is from the Lawrence County News.
April 22, 1943: AT – 10 crashes near Petersburg, Indiana. Both pilots safe. Plane destroyed.
May 6, 1943: AT – 10 crashes 2 miles south of the field. Two cadets killed.
September 16, 1943: AT – 10 crashes on take-off. Instructor and cadet killed.
February 17, 1944 Two training planes collide circling field. Nine killed.
June 15, 1944: AT – 10 runs out of gas over Xenia. Cadets bail out safely. Plane crashes in cemetery.
March 8, 1945: Two planes collide at night over the field. One crashes and two officers killed. Other plane lands safely.
February 25, 1945: Two accidents claim four lives. Glider accident on Field kills one officer. On same day, a C – 47 transport plane caught fire south east of Robinson. Plane crash- lands at George killing three. Two airmen survived.