Aug 19, 2010, 9:49 AM
Post #8 of 15
Re: [RALFFERS] Lake Erie Tragedy.Aug 27 1967
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I realize punching a cloud CAN dangerous, but it isnt always. We often did it at Parkman DZ in Ohio, where I jumped with many of those who dropwn in lake Erie Aug 27th 67.
We often would climb to altitude, and someone on ground would radio the pilot, who would then rev his engine up and down to indicate it was his aircraft that was directly overhead of the Dz. Everyone would jump, and land right on the target at the DZ.
I have jumped through many clouds, and wouldnt hesitate to do iot again, because faklling at that speed toward something stationary is a great thrill.
Aug 22, 2010, 8:44 AM
Post #14 of 15
Re: [wmw999] Lake Erie Tragedy.Aug 27 1967
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When I heard the news, I was traveling back to my mobile home at Turners Falls airport in Massachusetts, When I arrived, people were congregating to obtain and discuss the latest information about the tragedy. I found the above report very accurate but would like to share a recollection. There were 20 sky divers in the B-25. The last two exited the aircraft at a higher altitude, landed at the airport and asked: where are all of the other jumpers". The B-25 went on to join the DAMN YANKEE AIR FORCE at Turners Falls airport. I was suprised to see that the jumpers in the bomb bay sat on long wooden planks. The jumpers forward had to get over a tall, thick bulkhead, between the wings, miss the planks and exit the bomb bay. This is a summarization of a recollection, so do not jump my butt.
Aug 23, 2010, 2:30 PM
Post #15 of 15
Re: [boomer12] Lake Erie Tragedy.Aug 27 1967
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I am not sure about sitting on planks, because Bob Karns, the pilot told me when the tower at Oberlin gave him the okay to drop the guys, he turned and waved to one of the jumpers ( Jimmy Simmons )who was standing beside the bomb bay doors on the airframe, and he just stepped to the side and was gone. the rest followed.
As for the two others, they were Larry Hartman and Al Olmstead, who had oxygen equipment suitable to go higher. They exited over Wakeman (Ortner Field) and while in freefall spotted a small hole in the cloud and pointed to it for Al, and they tracked over that direction.
They did ask "where are all the others" when they landed, and were told they had been dropped inthe lake.
Bob Karns was giving them a free jump in payment for jumping at an airshow, for which he got paid.Karns had chicken dinners for all the jumpers laid out in the hangar....in appreciation for their air show jump.
Karns later died in a crash at Detroit, and Larry Hartman later died by being drunk and falling out of a boat .....in lake Erie.
Some people think he was pushed...but no proof.
Larry and Bob were extremely great guys, some of the best.