Carole Lombard Death
Carole passed away on January 16, 1942 at the age of 33 in Potosi Mountain, Nevada, USA. Carole's cause of death was plane crash.
When did Carole Lombard die?January 16, 1942
How did Carole Lombard die? What was the cause of death?Plane crash
How old was Carole Lombard when died?33
Where did Carole Lombard die? What was the location of death?Potosi Mountain, Nevada, USA
Carole Lombard Birthday and Date of Death
Carole Lombard was born on October 6, 1908 and died on January 16, 1942. Carole was 33 years old at the time of death.
Birthday: October 6, 1908
Date of Death: January 16, 1942
Age at Death: 33
Is Carole Lombard's father, Frederick C. Peters, dead or alive?
Frederick C. Peters's information is not available now.
Is Carole Lombard's mother, Elizabeth Knight, dead or alive?
Carole Lombard's mother, Elizabeth Knight, is still alive and kicking.
Carole Lombard - Biography
Carole Lombard, born Jane Alice Peters, was an American film actress. She was particularly noted for her energetic, often off-beat roles in the screwball comedies of the 1930s. She was the highest-paid star in Hollywood in the late 1930s.
When the U.S. entered World War II at the end of 1941, Lombard traveled to her home state of Indiana for a war bond rally with her mother, Bess Peters, and Clark Gable's press agent, Otto Winkler. Lombard was able to raise over $2 million (equal to $34,406,122 today) in defense bonds in a single evening. Her party had initially been scheduled to return to Los Angeles by train, but Lombard was anxious to reach home more quickly and wanted to fly by a scheduled airline. Her mother and Winkler were both afraid of flying and insisted they follow their original travel plans. Lombard suggested they flip a coin; they agreed and Lombard won the toss.
In the early morning hours of January 16, 1942, Lombard, her mother, and Winkler boarded a Transcontinental and Western Air Douglas DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) aircraft to return to California. After refueling in Las Vegas, TWA Flight 3 took off at 7:07 p.m. and crashed into "Double Up Peak" near the 8,300-foot (2,530 m) level of Potosi Mountain, 32 statute miles (51 km) southwest of the Las Vegas airport. All 22 aboard, including Lombard, her mother, and 15 U.S. Army soldiers, were killed instantly. The cause of the crash was determined to be linked to the pilot and crew's inability to properly navigate over the mountains surrounding Las Vegas. As a precaution against the possibility of enemy Japanese bomber aircraft coming into American airspace from the Pacific, safety beacons used to direct night flights were turned off, leaving the pilot and crew of the TWA flight without visual warnings of the mountains in their flight path. The crash on the mountainside occurred three miles outside of Las Vegas.