(Date Unknown - April 1, 1959)
The Lusk Herald
April 9, 1959
Lt. Thomas E. Lasater Killed in Mysterious Air Force Plane Crash
First Lt. Thomas E. Lasater, 24, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herb Lasater of Lance Creek, was killed in a mysterious plane crash five miles southeast of Sumner, Wash. the night of April 1.
Lt. Lasater was copilot of the four engine plane. It was piloted by First Lt. Robert R. Dimick, 26, of Bowling Green, Ohio. Others killed in the crash were T-Sgt. Guy Cunningham, 27, flight engineer and Sgt. Arthur T. Foote, 44, flight engineer, West Palm Beach, Fla.
At first, it was thought the crash occurred because of a mid-air collision but investigators have not been able to find trace of another plane. Seconds before the crash the pilot radioed "we have hit something or something has hit us." Then he began calling mayday, the international distress signal. A moment later said "this is it."
Memorial services for Lt. Lasater and three other crew members killed in the crash were to be held in Tacoma, Washington Tuesday.
The remains will be brought to Casper for interment and funeral services there will be held the latter part of the week. Lt. Lasater is survived by his widow, who is
expected to arrive here Wednesday, April 8, and his brother Jim Lasater, of Casper, as well as his parents.
Those wishing to contribute to a memorial fund in lieu of flowers are asked to contact Mrs. Lester Meade, Mrs. William Fredrickson, or Mrs. Fred Sheaman.
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