RURAL BRYANT, SD, PRESENTS:
"South Dakota Accident
Fatal to Flying Nimrods", Newspaper Article,
They were identified as Robert Ginther, about 45 [he was 42), Puyallup, Wash., and a brother-in-law, Arthur Stadem, 25, Bryant, S.D.
Learned 10 Years Ago
Soo Air Service said Ginther bought the plane from this company about a week ago.
Ginther and Stadem took off from municipal airport about 9:30 a.m., the plane crashed a short time later near Thomas Donahoe farm a mile west and a mile south of Baltic.
The Soo Air Service spokesman [the owner was Cecil Shupe, so he might be the spokesman as well) said Ginther bought the plane with the intention of flying it to the west coast. Ginther was quoted as saying he learned to fly about 10 years ago but had not been flying much recently. [who quoted him, but the aircraft company owner or spokesman, who is naturally putting the best light he could on himself and his own company and its products. This is not to say Bob Ginther actually said what is reported he said, and the fact was he was not inexperienced, just the opposite. Bob Ginther had flown extensively in the last ten years before his death, making a number of trips back and forth between Washington and South Dakota, as well as making extensive flying trips in South Dakota, landing in fields on occasion, so he was very good at flying.--Ed.]
Francis Donahoe, 22, a farmer, saw the crash and was the first to reach the scene of the accicdent.
"I saw the plane circling," he said. "They were flying low. All of a sudden the plane went into a nose dive. I started to run and my father (Thomas) went to call the fire department."
No Answer Received
"I don't know how long it took me to get to the plane. When I got there I yelled to see if the people were still alive. I got no answer.
"Shotgun shells were exploding all around. I could see a gun held on the outside of the plane by the gunner."
The plane crashed in a black fall-plowed field nose first. When the fire was extinguished only the steel framework of the tail jutted against the sky.
Stadem was a brother of Ginther's wife. The Ginthers lived here until four years ago, when they moved to the west coast [it was five years, for they moved in 1942, Bob Ginther going first in July--Ed.]