Pottawattamie County

Lt. Robert B. Harper





Hunt Body of Iowa Flier Off Florida

Miami, Fla. – (AP) – The navy Friday held faint hope of finding Lt. (jg) Robert B. Harper, of Crescent, Ia., whose plane exploded and crashed into the sea Wednesday night.

Harper was flying in a night formation from the OPA Locke naval air station when his plane plunged out of line and into the ocean five miles east of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., naval air station.

No parachute was seen to leave the ship before it hit the water. The search continued Friday despite choppy seas.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, February 22, 1946, Page 1