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42-56015

C-56 Lodestar

The C-60A (serial number 42-56015) crashed on take-off from Prestwick, Scotland. It was later determined that the left engine failed after take-off at an altitude of 300 feet. Captain Richard A Spencer and his crew were ferrying the aircraft to the USA after they had completed their tours of duty. All five crew members were killed.

The crew were:
Pilot: Captain Elmer N White, O-802630, from Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
Co-Pilot: Captain Richard Allen Spencer, O-802476, from Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, OH
Navigator: First Lieutenant Walter E Newcomb, O-807282, from Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, OH
Radio Operator: Staff Sergeant Jerry C Layton, 19081001, from Greene County, MO
Engineer: Staff Sergeant Gerard F Phillips, 12037078, from Queens County, NY

Service

People

  • Jerry Layton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Radio Operator
    Jerry Layton was killed when a C-60A (serial number 42-56015) crashed on take-off from Prestwick, Scotland. It was later determined that the left engine failed after take-off at an altitude of 300 feet. The crew were serving with the 1403rd Army Air...

  • Walter Newcomb

    Military | First Lieutenant | Navigator | 385th Bomb Group
    Walter Newcomb was killed when a C-60A (serial number 42-56015) crashed on take-off from Prestwick, Scotland. It was later determined that the left engine failed after take-off at an altitude of 300 feet. The crew were serving with the 1403rd Army Air...

  • Gerard Phillips

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Flight Engineer
    Gerard Phillips was killed when a C-60A (serial number 42-56015) crashed on take-off from Prestwick, Scotland. It was later determined that the left engine failed after take-off at an altitude of 300 feet. The crew were serving with the 1403rd Army Air...

  • Richard Spencer

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 385th Bomb Group
    Richard Spencer served as a pilot with the 385th Bomb Group from Great Ashfield. He completed more than 30 combat missions in Europe before transferring to the 1403rd Air Force Base Unit, Air Transport Command. It was reported in May 1944 that he was...

  • Elmer White

    Military | Captain | Pilot
    Elmer White was killed when a C-60A (serial number 42-56015) crashed on take-off from Prestwick, Scotland. It was later determined that the left engine failed after take-off at an altitude of 300 feet. The crew were serving with the 1403rd Army Air...

Places

  • Prestwick

    Military site : airfield
    Opened as civil Prestwick Airport with a grass airfield in 1936, it was also an RAF training, fighter and Coastal Command base during 1936 to 1941. Scottish Aviation established an assembly and maintenance facility there in 1938, developed during the...

Events

Event Location Date
Crashed Prestwick, South Ayrshire, UK 11 August 1944

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 16:03:06 Lucy May Changes to description
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbasn.asp?SN=42-56015&Submit4=Go
http://findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=spencer&GSfn=richard&G...

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 15:53:39 Lucy May Created entry with serial number, aircraft type, description, events, person associations and place associations
Sources

Using information sent through to the museum by Richard A Spencer's granddaughter, Dawn.

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