Most recent update: 1/30/2020
|A C-54D aircraft (tail number 42-72583) crashed shortly after takeoff on September 06,
1950, 4.5 miles northwest of the Itami Air Base in Japan. Two
minutes after takeoff from Osaka-Itami Airport, while in initial
climb, the four engine aircraft went out of control and crashed
seven kilometers from the airport. The plane had 11 occupants, all
of whom died in the ground crash. The names of three fatalities have
not been found by the KWE at this date. Anyone wishing
to add more details about the plane crash and bios of the fatalities
is welcome to contact Lynnita.
- Danna, 1Lt. Salvatore - pilot from the 22nd Troop
Carrier Squadron, USAF. Born July 27, 1924, he was a son
of Joseph Danna (1881-1943) and Frances Danna of Monroe,
Louisiana. He was survived by his widow, Margaret Evelyn
Hensley Danna. He was the brother of Leon Danna (died
1991), Nick Danna, Anthony Jack "Tony" Danna Sr. (died
2/13/2011), Rose Danna Ambrosio, Angelene Danna Shambro, Frances
Danna and Mamie Danna Russell. He is buried in
Duncan Municipal Cemetery, Duncan, Oklahoma.
- Emery, Frank Whitney II - from Los Angeles. War
correspondent with the International News Service. He was
born in 1927, a son of Charles Goodwin Emery (1899-1955) and
Blanche Chisholm Emery (1878-1986). Not long before the
plane crash, Emery and fellow war correspondent Randolph
Churchill (son of Winston Churchill) were wounded on the front
lines of Korea. Emery was on the staff of the Los
Angeles Examiner before joining the Army. He then went
to work on the Army's Pacific Stars & Stripes.
After receiving his discharge in 1947, he joined the
International News Service in Tokyo. When the Korean War
broke out he was in charge of the INS Bureau in Manila.
Among his survivors was his younger brother Marshall, who was
serving in the Army in Korea at the time of Frank's death.
- Hanlin, 1Lt. Frederick Willis - member of the 6147th
Tactical Air Control Squadron, 6147 Tactical Air Control Group.
He was returning to Korea with equipment he procured in Japan.
He was born January 12, 1921 in Portland, Indiana. In 1942
he married Virginia Carol Juillerat, and they had two sons, Don
and Hugh Hanlin. In 1956 she married Manon W. Felts.
Carol died August 26, 2018, and Manon died in October of 2010.
Lt. Hanlin is buried in Green Park Cemetery, Portland, Indiana.
- Inouye, Kenneth - cameraman with International News
Service. A 22-year old Japanese-American from Wen, New York, he was
returning to the Korean War front when his plane went down.
- McAllister, TSgt. George Lewis - flight engineer
- Nelson, Lt. Robert James - Born September 6, 1921, he
was originally from Minnesota. He was married to Carolyn
Jere Simmonds Nelson (1924-1963) of Columbus, Georgia on
September 09, 1944. His sister was Marjorie "Margie"
Nelson, who married Gordon Miller and lived in Escondido,
California. His nephew is Gordon Miller Jr. During
World War II Lieutenant Nelson served with the 187th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 11th
Airborne. He and Jere are buried in Arlington National
Cemetery. Robert and Jere were parents of three daughters,
the youngest of which, Bonnie, was born in 1948 in Sendai,
Japan. Bonnie told the KWE:
"Dad was born in Esterville,
Iowa, but his family settled in Hastings, Minnesita, where other
family members lived. My dad requested to be regular army
because he hoped to make it his career. He was denied several
times due to World War II limiting full-time positions at the
time. I don’t fully understand or know all the particulars about
that. My dad was promoted to rank of Captain posthumously.
However, my mother didn't want that rank on his tombstone
because she felt anyone who knew him wouldn't know him as Capt.
Robert James Nelson, from Minnesota, 1st Lt. 187 ABN INF 11th
Airborne Division, it says on his tombstone (killed) World War
II, but he was not fully enlisted during WW II. It's
complicated. Mom didn't want to cause problems and so she left
it as is. Forgive me if I'm rattling on. My dad, Bob, was born
September 6, 1921 and died September 6, 1950. My parents
and older sister had been stationed in Sendai, Japan (American
Occupation) 1946 - 1949. My sister Jan and I were born while in
Japan 1947, 1948. With rumors of war in Korea, we were brought
back to the States and before we could move into housing my Dad
would return to Japan with his division. It was a chance for
promotion and hazardous duty pay increase. My mom moved into
Benning Hills, GA just off Post. Dad's division was sitting at
Itami Air Force Base, Osaka, Japan when they asked for a
volunteer to help escort the media out of Japan.My Dad's name
wasn't on the manifest so it took time before they would get the
news to Mom. There has been confusion over the date of his death
due to time difference in Japan to America. Mom went by the
Western Union telegrams she received for the date. The plane
crashed after take off. I was 2, Jan was 3, and our older sister
Lee was 5 when Mom got the phone call. Dad lived 28 years and
died on his 29th birthday, leaving a young mother of three in
Columbus, Georgia. Mom also lived a short life. She learned a
few years later she had cancer. I was about 9 or 10. Our meager
Army-Officer benefits and health care was a blessing, but
unfortunately, after numerous surgeries and treatments at Martin
Army Hospital in Benning and Walter Reed in DC, Mom passed away
after a courageous battle in 1963. I was 15. She was buried
right next to my Dad in Arlington. Her parents are buried two
rows behind them. Needless to say, my sisters and I could write
a book. We've been separated since her death, with little
communication over the years. But we each turned out well
because of family and friends and are very resilient. Our
parents would be proud. My husband, Norman, and I live in
Crestwood, KY, just outside Louisville. We will celebrate our
50th Wedding Anniversary in June. Blessed with three beautiful
daughters, wonderful son-in-laws, five grandsons, two
granddaughters, and one great granddaughter. Look for Bonnie
Nelson Brown on FaceBook."
- Rosecrans, Charles Dukwell Jr. - Born February 13,
1920, he was the son of Charles D. Rosecrans Sr. (1886-1958) and
Ida Keliiwahinenoikala Hussey Rosecrans (1891-1936).
Charles Jr. was a photographer/writer with International News
Service. He is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of
the Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii. During his career he
covered World War II in the Pacific almost from the start to the
finish. He was married to a Japanese wife. He was a great grandson of the Civil War Union
general William Starke Rosecrans.
- Witmer, Lt. Col. Lavern G. - Army staff officer in
Tokyo who was traveling to South Korea. He was born March
04, 1906 in Iowa, son of A.O. Grant Witmer (1875-1949) and Grace
Jane Mock Witmer (1875-1953). He married Beatryce Jones
(1905-1961) on June 22, 1927 in Pella, Iowa. She later
married Allan Ramsey Shepherd (1892-1968). Lavern graduated with a BS in mechanical
engineering from Iowa State College in 1927. He was a veteran of
World War II and the Korean War.