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WWII B-25C Airplane Crash

 
 
WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 17, 2009
1. WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker
Inscription.
On the occasion of its Bicentennial, Morgan County placed this marker here to commemorate the
WW II B-25C Airplane Crash
In the early afternoon of January 10, 1945, residents of the south-western portion of Morgan County were witnesses to the crash of a B-25C airplane in a field near the intersection of present- day Godfrey Road and Walton's Mill Road. The plane had taken off from Greenville Army Air Base in Greenville, South Carolina, and it was on a low altitude rendezvous mission at 500 feet.

Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the airplane flying below altitude and very close to the trees. According to published reports from Army Air Forces, after striking a tree the plane crashed to the ground and burst into flames. Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the plane before it crashed, suggesting mechanical failure. The official report filed with the AAF Office of Flying Safety identifies a possible loss of power on right engine as a contributing factor to the crash, but the underlying cause is listed as “unknown.”

Casualties were: Lt. Calvin Elden Stocking, 21, pilot, Greenville, SC; Lt. Samuel James Strong, 21, co-pilot, Bakersfield, CA; Lt. Frank H. Bartels, 25, bombardier-navigator, Ronceverte, WV; Cpl. William E. Thrash, 20, engineer gunner,
WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 17, 2009
2. WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker
Looking north on Godfrey Road, with Walton's Mill Road to the left
Murphreesboro, AK, and Cpl. Robert Deana Rogers, 19, radio-gunner, Maplewood, NJ. The local newspaper Madisonian noted on January 19, 1945, "the sympathy of the people of Morgan County goes out unstintingly to those whose homes are bereaved by this unfortunate accident."

Because of the Sacrifice these men, we commeemorate our WW II Veterans

 
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
 
Location. 33° 28.565′ N, 83° 30.823′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Godfrey Road and Walton's Mill Road, on the left when traveling north on Godfrey Road. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rutledge GA 30663, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Godfrey (approx. 1.2 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pennington (approx. 3.1 miles away); Seven Islands Road (approx. 4.5 miles away); Fairview (approx. 4.6 miles away); Springfield (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bethany (approx. 6.4 miles away); Brownwood-Centennial (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Additional comments.
1. Hometowns of the Pilot
WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, June 17, 2009
3. WWII B-25C Airplane Crash Marker
Looking south on Godfrey Road toward the community of Godfrey; Walton Mill's Road is to the right
and Co-Pilot.

Much research of military records shows the pilot and co-pilots home towns incorrectly listed. Their correct home towns are:
Lt. Calvin Elden Stocking, 21, pilot, Salt Lake City, UT
Lt. Samuel James Strong, 21, co-pilot, Columbus, OH

The rest of the crew is verified correct. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 26, 2010, by Ben Cannon of Social Circle, Ga..

 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 3,774 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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