Col. BEN KELSEY's TAILLESS P-38 FIGHTER LIES UPSIDE DOWN ON A CALABASAS HILLSIDE APRIL 9, 1943
Kelsey unlatched his harness, and forced his shoulders against the canopy. One wing snapped off, and Kelsey was suddenly catapulted out of the cockpit. His parachute opened almost immediately, and Kelsey was nearly hit by the falling outer wing panel. The aircraft impacted inverted on a hillside northwest of Calabasas. The pilot landed several hundred feet away, breaking his right ankle and bruising his lower lip. He received first aid treatment from L.B. Fletcher and Henry G. Miller at the nearby Motion Picture Guild.
At 1:30 p.m., a small fire resulting from the crash was extinguished by three pumper trucks from the Malibu Forestry Headquarters. Lockheed Chief Engineer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson took charge of the crash site at about 3:00 p.m., and Kelsey was transported to Los Angeles Hospital by Lockheed ambulance.