May 21, 1943

Large Gas Storage Set Ablaze
CHICAGO, Ill.—An Army Air Corps B-24 Liberator bomber on a flight from Fort Worth, Texas, crashed yesterday in Chicago killing all twelve aircrew on board. The front of the fuselage penetrated the fuel-storage tank the plane crashed into, while parts of the wings and tail section littered the area. The storage tank contained twenty million cubic feet of illuminating gas, the largest such storage anywhere in the world. The five-hundred-foot tall tank, which also mounted a fifty-foot beacon, was consumed in a giant, intense fire that officials feared would render recovery of the bodies impossible. The B-24 Liberator bomber is a four-engine heavy bomber and a mainstay of the Army Air Corps.

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