On February 3, 1959, rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson were killed in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with the pilot, Roger Peterson. The event later became known as “The Day the Music Died”, after singer-songwriter Don McLean so referred to it in his song “American Pie”.
At the time, Holly and his band, consisting of Waylon Jennings, Tommy Allsup, and Carl Bunch, were playing on the “Winter Dance Party” tour across the Midwest. Rising artists Valens and Richardson had joined the tour as well.
The long journeys between venues on board the cold, uncomfortable tour buses adversely affected the performers, with cases of flu and even frostbite. After stopping at Clear Lake to perform, and frustrated by such conditions, Holly fatefully decided to charter a plane to reach their next venue in Moorhead, Minnesota. Richardson, who had flu, swapped places with Jennings, taking the latter’s seat on the plane, while Allsup lost his seat to Valens on a coin toss.
Soon after take-off, late at night and in poor, wintry weather conditions, the pilot lost control of the light aircraft, a Beechcraft Bonanza, which subsequently crashed into a cornfield, leaving no survivors.
The “Donna J” cracked up by Lt. Robert Wiehe of the 351st Fighter Group 2.5 miles SE of RAF Wattisham, Suffolk, England on January 17,1945. Wiehe survived the engine failure wheels up crash land, but the plane was written off. This plane was regularly flown by Lt. Billy J. Murray.
The Vickers Wellington was the backbone of Bomber Command for three years. No 115 Squadron was one No 3 Group unit that did not convert to Stirlings, retaining its faithful Wellingtons until March 1943, when it was the first squadron in No 3 Group to convert to Lancasters. However, in flying more Wellington sorties than any other squadron in Bomber Command, it also suffered the highest losses with the type — more than a hundred, including crash-landings. X3662/KO:P was a survivor and after 36 raids was retired to serve with No 20 OTU. It was lost in a ditching off Skye on 8 October 1943
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