B-25C Twin-Engine Bomber – U.S. Air Force Photo
On September 22, 1942, a flight of B-25 Mitchel bombers left Presque Isle Army Air Field bound for overseas duty. Shortly after take off the planes were recalled to the base due to poor weather/visibility conditions. One of the planes, (41-13049), crashed in a wooded area about six miles west of Perham Village, Maine, and exploded. Local residents stated the blast was heard for miles around, and the site was marked by a large crater.
The tail section was discovered about a quarter of a mile away, which would seem to indicate a structural failure with the aircraft. Two Nazi sympathizers were later arrested for tampering with an aircraft at Presque Isle leading to speculation that the B-25 had gone down due to sabotage.
The B-25 was attached to the 310th Bomb Group, 379th Bomb Squadron, then based in Greenville, South Carolina.
All seven crew members were killed.
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