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Incident Name: Business Creek Fire on the Payette National Forest in ID
Date: July 27, 1960
Personnel: 2 lives lost
Age:
Agency/Organization: a private contractor under agreement with the US Forest Service
Position: aerial firefighters

Summary:

The Fallen:
John Patrick Hendricks, 40 years
Virgil Lee Sanders, 38 years

On July 27th, 1960  B25 air tanker pilots Patrick Hendricks and Virgil Sanders impacted the earth in the B25 they were flying after dropping retardant on the Business Creek Fire in Idaho. Both men perished. Eight pilots died in crashes of B25s in the last two weeks of July, 1960 fighting wildfires in the West.

 

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Business Creek Fire on the Payette National Forest, ID

 

 

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  • Concise Information from the FAA, AAP and research by the WLF Staff:
    • 07/27/1960
    • 2 killed, John Patrick Hendricks & Virgil Sanders
    • Operator: unknown private contractor
    • Type: B25
    • Location: Payette National Forest in ID
    • FAA Registration # unknown
    • NTSB # none
  • For more information if it becomes available, consult the NTSB online lookup Utility. Currently, records only go back to 1961.
  • News article says: "8 pilots lost in last two weeks of July, 1960"
  • Idaho Death Certificates
    Name     John Patrick Hendricks
    Event Type     Death
    Event Date     27 Jul 1960
    Event Place     Adams County, Adams, Idaho, United States
    Birth Date     27 Jan 1920
    Birthplace     Alaska
    Father's Name     John P Hendricks
    Father's Birthplace     Illinois
    Mother's Name     Minnie Heath
    Mother's Birthplace     Oregon
    Certificate Number     002724
  • Idaho Death Certificate:
    Name     Virgil Lee Sanders
    Event Type     Death
    Event Date     27 Jul 1960
    Event Place     Adams County, Adams, Idaho, United States
    Birth Date     15 Mar 1922
    Birthplace     Nebraska
    Father's Name     Harold Sanders
    Father's Birthplace     Oregon
    Mother's Name     Gladys Hurst
    Mother's Birthplace     Nebraska
    Certificate Number     002725

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Contributors to this article:  Bushey's article, Mellie

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