August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash

August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash (HM131V)

Location: Weatherford, TX 76086 Parker County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 44.709', W 97° 48.795'

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On the night of August 17, 1945, two B-29 "Heavy Bombers" collided above this site killing 18 of the 20 airmen aboard. The spectacular event could be seen as far away as Gainesville, Greenville, and Cisco as both planes exploded in fire.

The two aircraft, one from Clovis Airfield, New Mexico, the other from Alamogordo Airfield, New Mexico, were on separate training missions to simulate bomb runs in the Pacific as they met head-on in a freak chance over Weatherford.

The Clovis plane, with a crew of 11, crashed approximately one and a quarter mile southwest of this site on the Edwards family farm. Two men managed to parachute from the burning plane and survived. The Alamogordo plane, with a crew of 9, crashed approximately two and a half miles north of this site, near Peaster highway, with no survivors.

In 2003, 58 years after the crash, this marker was erected to honor these brave airmen who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. May they rest in peace.

From Clovis Field, N.M.:
1st Lt. Robert A. Mayer, Pilot/Commander, Buffalo, New York
2nd Lt. Robert L. Knight, Bombardier, Mt. Vernon, Washington
2nd Lt. John W. Burtis, Navigator, St. Paul, Minnesota
FO Robert Q. Zaliska, Radar Operator, Los Angeles, California
SSgt. Clifford D. Longmire, Engineer, Columbus, GeorgiaCpl. Robert H. Apirian, Radio Operator, Waterbury, Connecticut
Cpl. Jasper C. Wilson, Jr., Gunner, Durham, North Carolina
Cpl. Willard Byarly, Gunner, Chicago, Illinois
Cpl. Anthony J. Agliata, Gunner, Newark, New Jersey.
Survivors:
2nd Lt. Edwin F. Smith, Co-pilot/FO, Glasgow, Kentucky
Cpl. Earl F. Wischmeier, Gunner, West Burlington, Iowa

From Alamogordo Field:
1st Lt. Aubrey K. Stinsen, Pilot/Commander, Caneyville, Kentucky
2nd Lt. Harold N. Swain, Co-Pilot, Wichita Falls, Texas
2nd Lt. Gordon E. Myers, Navigator, Kansas City, Missouri
2nd Lt. Binson W. Cohen, Bombardier, Bronx, New York City
2nd Lt. Edward E. Lahmers, Flight Engineer, Decatur, Illinois
Sgt. Donald E. Lefebure, Radar Operator, Detroit, Michigan
Sgt. Johnny A. Mosely, Fire Control, Columbus, South Carolina
Sgt. Donald E. Reed, Gunner, Tyrone, Pennsylvania
Sgt. Clarence A. Jurgens, Gunner, Sidney, Nebraska

Marker provided by Parker County Heritage Society
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HM NumberHM131V
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Year Placed2003
Placed ByParker County Heritage Society
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Date Added Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 1:15pm PDT -07:00
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Photo Credits: [1] LISA WHITE  
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 611182 N 3623657
Decimal Degrees32.74515000, -97.81325000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 44.709', W 97° 48.795'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 44' 42.54" N, 97° 48' 47.70" W
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Area Code(s)817, 682
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1014 Charles St, Weatherford TX 76086, US
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