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Incident Name: fire in Trinity County, CA
Date: 9/24/1962
Personnel: Robert Christopherson
Age: 42
Agency/Organization: US Forest Service
Position: pilot, aerial firefighter

Summary:
On September 24, 1962, airtanker pilot Robert Christopherson was dropping retardant on a fire on the Trinity National Forest when his WWII vintage F7F hit a tree on the ridge during pullout and crashed. He did not survive.

Photo from Rosa Palacios (perhaps a yearbook photo)

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  • Concise Information from the NTSB, FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 9/24/1963
    • 1 killed: Robert Christopherson
    • Operator: unknown
    • Type: F7F
    • Location: Trinity County, CA
    • FAA Registration # unknown
    • NTSB # unknown if any
  • National Transportation Safety Board: no record
  • For information if it becomes available consult the TSB online lookup Utility
  • NTSB records online only go back to 1962 and are very incomplete.
  • NWCG brief record

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Name     Robert G. Christopherson
Event Type     Burial
Event Date     1962
Event Place     Santa Ana, Orange, California, United States of America
Birth Date     30 Dec 1920
Death Date     24 Sep 1962
Affiliate Record Identifier     58638573
Cemetery     Fairhaven Memorial Park

Inscription:
CA Cpl Army Air Forces WWII

Name             Robert G Christopher
Event Type    Death
Event Date    24 Sep 1962
Event Place    Trinity County, California, United States
Birth Date      30 Dec 1920
Birthplace      Utah
Gender          Male
Mother's Name  Nielson

 

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Contributors to this article:  Mellie

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