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Mon River B-25


An U.S. Air Force TB-25 "Mitchell" Bomber, into the Monongahela River near Pittsburgh, PA 


Total Persons on Board:


Major William L. Dotson, pilotCaptain John F. Jamieson, co-pilotS.Sgt Walter E. Soocey, Crew Chief
A2c Charles L. Smith, Crew ChiefCaptain J.P. Ingrahm, passengerMaster Sergeant Alfred J. Alleman, passenger


The afternoon of January 31st, 1956


Cold temperatures, high winds, and poor visibility

Flight Route:

From Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, the plane stopped at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, then flew to Selfridge Air Force Base, Michigan,  before heading to Olmstead Air Force Base near Harrisburg, PA.

Area Believed Crashed:

A narrow stretch of the Monongahela River, west of the Homestead High-Level Bridge (now called the Homestead Grays Bridge), and east of the Glenwood Bridge.

Reason for flight:

Transport of personnel and material

Type Plane:

A North American B-25J-20/22-NC "Mitchell", converted to a trainer, and assigned tail number 44-29125.

Search efforts: 

For two weeks following the crash, a search for the plane was conducted, but no trace of the B-25, or the two missing, was ever found.

Controversy, Theories, and other Trivia: 

There are multiple theories about the plane's disappearance, and are still discussed throughout the region. Some think the plane was carrying a secret cargo of nuclear weapons, nerve gas, Mafia money, or even Howard Hughes.

Some think the military may have secretly recovered the plane to conceal something.

Several efforts are underway to locate and recover the missing plane.



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