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This Day In Norwood History-July 31, 1948-Norwood GI Sole Survivor Of B-29 Crash In Red Sea

M/Sgt. Gustafson Resting At Hospital In Arabia After By Fishermen

Ending his seven years of service with a round-the-world flight scheduled to make aviation history, Master Sergeant of is resting today at an RAF hospital in Southern Arabia, the lone survivor of a big that crashed into the sea Tuesday night.

The Norwood soldier was a crew member on one of three planes that left Tucson, Arizona, a week ago. to encircle the globe.’ The trip of its kind ever made by the heavy bombers, it ended in disaster off the Arabian coast when Sgt. Gustafson’s plane crashed. No word of the other airmen who were on the plane has been received. Sgt Gustafson was found, by Arabian fishermen who brought him to the English hospital.

At least 16 American crewmen were believed lost in the as authorities in the country attempted to piece together conflicting reports from Aden. Early reports from the Associated -Press at Aden said that 19 were feared lost with Sgt. Gustafson the lone survivor, while the United Press reported that only six were known dead. In , the Strategic Air Command said it received word from a State Department consul at Aden that 19 of the 20 officers and men’ aboard were missing. , public information officer at Davis-Mon than Field in Tucson, Ariz., the ship s home base, issued a list of 18 men aboard the ship when it left Tucson.

News of his miraculous escape was received yesterday by of his family. his and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. of avenue, who brought him up after the of his parents when he was six years old, expressed both joy over his escape and sorrow over the fate of his crewmates. Another aunt, Mrs. of Folan avenue, operates the grocery store at the corner of that street and Washington street. Other members of the Gustafson family are his sister, of 620-A Neponset street, , a brother, Rungar, of Milford, and a brother, Ronnie, who is serving with the Army.

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