Dibble Manly Rickenbaker
Parents - Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Rickenbaker
Army Air Force, Sgt
528 Ftr Sq, 35 Ftr Gp
Jul 9, 1943
Died non Battle - Died in a training flight in California.
Gravestone marker, St. Marks Episcopal Church, Clarendon County, SC
Additional InformationAccident report # 44-79-15 Aircraft Model: BT-13A,; S/N 41-21275 Organization: Location: Lemoore, CA Group: 35th FTW; Squadron: 528th BFT Place of Departure: Lemoore, CA Target or intended destination: local Type of Mission: Routine personal proficiency flight Date: 9 July 1943; Time: 14:15 Location of Crash: 8 mi. W of Riverdale, CA Reason aircraft was Lost: Control lost in spin Number of Persons aboard aircraft: 2 List of Crew (Crew position, Name, Rank, Status) Pilot-Ellis, Ralph Russel: 2nd Lt., fatal. Passenger-Rickenbaker, Dibble M. Sgt., Fatal
Narrative of eyewitness statements:
- Departing from Lemoore, CA, the BT-13A was due to carry out a routine personal proficiency flight.
- A witness to the accident stated that the plane went into a spin from a medium altitude while flying straight and going fairly slow. The pilot was unable to recover control and the plane made 9 or 10 more turns before crashing into the ground.
- The plane was found about 8 miles west of the town of Riverdale, California.
Dibble’s brother Tourie, Clemson Class of 1943, died in Germany, February 25, 1945.