Everett H. Bobbitt, Jr.
Second Lieutenant, United States Army
ARMY FLIER FOUND DEAD ON PEAK
Lieutenant E. H. Bobbitt’s Plane Had Crashed Near Elkins, West Virginia
And Caught Fire
ELKINS, West Virginia, January 6, 1932 – Wedged in the cockpit of his wrecked plane, Lieutenant E. H. Bobbitt, Army Pilot, was found dead today on one of the highest peaks of the Cheat Mountains.
M. S. Simmons, a farmer, and Carl Reefer, a trapper, came upon the wreckage while tramping through the hills in search of the aviator who disappeared Christmas Day while en route from Selfridge Field, Michigan, to his home in Hot Springs, Virginia.
The body was charred badly and the plane, with
a broken wing, was badly burned. The ship apparently struck a tree
on Pools Knob and crashed, bottom down in the bushes. The peak there
rises almost 4,000 feet. Three miles south Lieutenant Bobbitt would
have found a clearing on which he could have landed – the only one in that
part of the mountains.
Six members of the Army Air Corps acted as
Posted: 13 December 2007