Airplane Crash - Palm Springs, California 10/23/1942

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Palm Springs, California


Date10/23/1942
Time17:15
LocationPalm Springs, California
OperatorAmerican Airlines / Military - USAF
Flight #28
RoutePalm Springs - New York City
TypeDouglas DC-3 / Boeing B-34
RegistrationNC16017
Cn/In1555
Aboard13
Fatalities12
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision between an Army bomber and airliner over Chino Canyon near Palm Springs at 9,000 feet destroying the rudder of the DC-3. All 12 aboard the DC-3 were killed. The Boeing B-34 landed safely with minor damage. The reckless and irresponsible conduct of the bomber pilot, William Wilson, in deliberately maneuvering a bomber in dangerous proximity to an airliner in an unjustifiable attempt to attract the attention of the first officer, his friend aboard the airliner. Composer and song writer Ralph Rainger, 41, killed.`

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