Aviation Tragedy

Aviation Tragedy (HM65B)

Location: Suwanee, GA 30024 Gwinnett County
Country: United States of America

N 34° 0.385', W 84° 3.668'

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In the evening hours of December 6, 1953 four F-84D jet aircraft of 128th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard crashed near this site. They were returning from a routine weekend training flight from the Miami area when they encountered unexpected weather and altitude awareness problems as they prepared to land at Dobbins AFB near Marietta, Georgia. All of the pilots perished. No one on the ground was injured although the impact destroyed the home of the Ernest Brooks family that by chance were not at home. After the accident the United States Air Force changed the design of the altimeter, the instrument used to measure altitude, making it easier to read. This change probably saved many lives in the future.

The Pilots were Captain Idon M. Hodge, Jr., 1st Lieutenant Samuel P. Dixon Jr., 1st Lieutenant Elwood C. Kent, and 2nd Lieutenant William A. Tennent.
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Site is in excellent condition. Placement makes it awkward for people to visit.

Sep 16, 2015 at 9:19pm PDT by lpha27

Details
HM NumberHM65B
Tags
Historical Period20th Century
Historical PlaceBusiness Center
Marker TypeMemorial
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleFree Standing
Year Placed2003
Marker Condition
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 2:42pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 771422 N 3766762
Decimal Degrees34.00641667, -84.06113333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 0.385', W 84° 3.668'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 0' 23.1000" N, 84° 3' 40.0800" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)770, 678, 404
Can be seen from road?Yes
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 2500 Northlake Dr, Suwanee GA 30024, US
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