1946-07-09

 

Crash site Mount Tom, Holyoke, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
Airline U.S. Army Air Force
Aircraft Boeing B-17G  –  43-39136
Route Gander  –  Westover AFB  –  Mitchell AFB
Crew 8  –  0 survivors
Passengers 17  –  0 survivors

 

The crash

The plane was on a flight from Gander airport, Newfoundland to Mitchell Air Force Base, Long Island with an intermediate stop at Westover Air Force Base where is was to land at 20:27. While descending to Westover, the crew encountered poor weather conditions with low clouds and thunderstorm activity, and they circulated around for almost two hours waiting for better weather. At 22:20 on final approach and flying at a height of 800 feet the plane slammed into the southeast slope of Mount Tom about 8 miles northwest of the airport.  
Among the pasengers were 15 U.S. Coast Guard members who were on their way back home from duty in Greenland.
It seems likely that the plane actually started the flight from the U.S. Army airfield Bluie West One (BW-1), Narsarsuaq, Greenland with first stop at Gander.

 

The mail

According to reports several letters were scattered around the crash site.
Until recently no such mail has been recorded, but now one cover has come to light.

 

 

 

A.
Typewritten explanation.
Signed by Chief Clerk Richard S. Allen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Examples of mail

Cover from United States postmarked SPARTA. TENN,  MAR 28 1946 addressed to a U.S. Coast Guard member stationed in Greenland (U.S.C.G. Unit 15 / Navy 226 / c/o G.P.O. / New York). He had apparently left Greenalnd as the cover was to be returned to the Unite States as noted on the front of the cover. On the back is a postmark U.S. NAVY  11060 BR.  5 JUL P.M.  which was used by the U.S. Navy Post Office Branch stationed at Narsarsuaq.
Lussky Collection.