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75 Years Ago - Army Identified Third Victim In The March 3 Crash In Moosic

March 6, 2019
75 Years Ago - Army Identified Third Victim In The March 3 Crash In Moosic

March 6, 1944

Army identifies third victim

The Army announced the identity of the third victim from the March 3 Army aircraft crash in the Cubby Swamp area of Moosic. The young man was Cadet Chesley L. Brawner of North Carolina.

An Army spokesman said an inquiry into the cause of the fatal accident was being conducted by officers and military police from Middletown Air Service Command, located near Harrisburg. The plane went down during a snowstorm March 3. It was believed the pilot was looking for a place to land because the landing gear was down.

Doing his duty

An article written by Ernie Pyle for “Here’s Your War” told of an embarrassing moment for Warrant Officer Luke Corrigan of Scranton.

According to the article, Corrigan worked at an Army warehouse in Oran, Algeria, that supplied materials for his fellow service members. When a group of nurses arrived to pick up undergarments before being shipped out, it turned out the warehouse did not carry them. Corrigan, with the help of a local interpreter, went all over Oran purchasing slips, brassieres and other undergarments.

Corrigan raced to the train station to meet the nurses to give them their much-needed items. When distributing the items, a nurse said to him, “Well, Luke, I’ll have to write home and tell your mother how you’re fighting the war.” He turned to find the nurse was a fellow Scrantonian, Helen Jeffers, who lived just a few blocks away from Corrigan.

Corrigan said Jeffers was the first person from Scranton he had seen since he joined the service two years ago.

BRIAN FULTON, library manager, oversees The Times-Tribune’s expansive digital and paper archives and is an authority on local history. Contact Brian at bfulton@timesshamrock.com or 570-348-9140.