Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber
óMountain District American Legion Monument ó
(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
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 •
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