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Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber


óMountain District American Legion Monument ó

Mountain District American Legion Monument Photo, Click for full size
By John Stuber, July 4, 2008
1. Mountain District American Legion Monument
Inscription. This monument is dedicated to the citizens of this area who gave their time and their energy and their skill, for more than five days in sub zero weather and deep snow, to assist the air and ground rescue teams in recovering the victims of a crash of a United States B-52 bomber on a routine flight over this area on January 13, 1964.

(left pane) In memory and as a tribute to Major Robert L. Payne, Major Robert E. Townley, S/Sgt. Melvin Wooten, and the survivors Major Thomas W. McCormick and Captain Parker C. Peedin.

(right pane) Erected by Mountain District of the American Legion, Department of Maryland, in recognition of the gallant men of the United States Air Force who are constantly vigilant in protecting the security and freedom of these United States and to the citizens of this area who by their example here, stand also ready to lend a helping hand.
Erected 1964 by the Mountain District of the American Legion, Department of Maryland, in July.
Location. 39° 41.788′ N, 79° 8.194′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 40 east of River Road, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. It is approx. 500 yards east of the
Mountain District American Legion Monument Photo, Click for full size
By John Stuber, July 4, 2008
2. Mountain District American Legion Monument
Penn Alps Restaurant and the Casselman bridge. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within one mile of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Stantonís Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); The National Pike (approx. 0.3 miles away); Castlemanís River Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Casselman River Bridge (approx. 0.4 miles away); The Little Crossings (approx. 0.4 miles away); Early Inns (approx. 0.8 miles away); Traveling the National Road (approx. 0.8 miles away); Leo J. Beachy (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Grantsville.
Regarding Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber. The B-52 Strato-Fortress was on a routine mission carrying two 24-megaton nuclear bombs. This was the height of the Cold War and 12 atomic-bomb laden aircraft such as this were airborne at all times. The B-52 crashed on Big Savage Mountain near Lonaconing, during a violent snow storm after the tail fin broke off during massive turbulence. Three of the crew died, two survived. The ordnance was recovered.
Also see . . .
1. A Night To Remember. 2002 article by Dan Whetzel in Mountain Discoveries. “Three states and two counties in the Western Maryland region will never forget the winter storm of í64, when a massive B-52 bomber crashed in the night.” (Submitted on July 6, 2008.) 

2. B-52 Crash. Five pages of original photos and newspaper clippings on the Salisbury, Pennsylvania Historical Web Site (Submitted on July 6, 2008.) 
Categories. War, Cold
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 8,023 times since then. Last updated on . Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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