More detail on this person: Midair collision in TH-55 during solo cross country flight. WOC James R. Carlson was killed in a mid-air collision about 10 miles to the northwest of Mineral Wells. The other student involved survived and was able to provide some details of the accident but it just appeared to be an unfortunate occurrence. WOC Carlson was assigned to Flight A-2 of the 2nd WOC and was a popular candidate who was doing well in training. He was the first of many 67-5 students who later lost their lives in the service of their country. 1 Pilot Survives Mid-Air Collision MINERAL WELLS (AP) - A Gulfport, Miss., student helicopter pilot brought his small training craft safely to a crash landing yesterday after a 2,000 foot high collision that claimed the life of a second pilot. Dead in the airborne collision was warrant officer candidate James, R. Carlson, 20, of Kewanee, Ill., a student pilot at the Army's helicopter school at nearby Ft. Wolters. An Army spokesman said Carlson and warrant officer William M. Turner, 24, of Gulfport were on routine solo flights when the collision occurred. Turner brought his craft down in rugged brush country near here. The cause of the crash was not immediately determined.
Burial information: South Pleasant View Cemetery, Kewanee, IL
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