B-52 Crash Site

B-52 Crash Site (HMUE4)

Location: Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076 Dakota County
Country: United States of America

N 44° 49.285', W 93° 3.041'

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Cold War Veterans Memorial

On this spot on September 16, 1958, a U.S. Air force B-52D bomber crashed while on a Cold War training mission originating from Loring Air Force Base, Limestone, Maine. Seven crewmen gave their lives for their country. They were:

Captain Wm. C. Horstman, pilot, Kansas City, MO
Captain Richard J. Cantwell, navigator, Phoenix, AZ
Major S. O. Gillespie, Jr., radar observer, Atlanta, GA
1st Lt. Wm. F. Huskey, engineer, Norman, OK
T/Sgt. Leon R. Lew, tail gunner, Skokie, IL
Captain James D. Taylor, instructor, Dixon, KY
Captain Benard D. Lanois, instructor, San Diego, CA

This marker has been erected in honor of the lost crewmen. Though from homes far away, and now long gone from this earth, they have not been forgotten by the citizens of Inver Grove Heights, the State of Minnesota, or the Country they so proudly served.

Supporting the Memorial:
The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, Chaska
Planes of Fame East, Inc. Eden Prairie
Twin City Aero Historians, Minneapolis-St. Paul
Minnesota Air National Guard Historical Foundation, International Airport
American Wings Air Museum, Anoka County Airport
The Confederate Air Force, Southern Minnesota Wing, So. St. Paul
Air Force Association, E.W. Rawlings Chapter, St. Paul

Captain Jack D. Craft Purvis, Miss. injured and survived.
Members of August Kahl's Family were injured by the crash.
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HM NumberHMUE4
Year Placed1996
Placed ByThe Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame, et al
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 9th, 2014 at 7:43am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 495992 N 4963113
Decimal Degrees44.82141667, -93.05068333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 44° 49.285', W 93° 3.041'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds44° 49' 17.10" N, 93° 3' 2.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)651, 612
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 8768-8832 Broderick Blvd, Inver Grove Heights MN 55076, US
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