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Near Dateland in Yuma County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Boeing B-50A The “Long Ranger”

 
 
Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
1. Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker
Inscription. On the morning of March 23, 1950, an Air Force B-50 Bomber on a routine training mission, exploded and crashed north of the communities of Dateland and Hyder AZ. Two of the 14 crewman on board, Capt. John H. Lee and 1st. Lt. William T. Gentry, managed to escape the disintegrating aircraft and parachuted to safety. The 12 remaining crew members all perished in the crash.

This memorial is erected and dedicated to the memory of the crew of the "Long Ranger" who, while serving their country, made the ultimate sacrifice in the cause of freedom.

Lt. Col. Harold E. Mignola Tech Sgt. Cecil B. Horton Capt. Robert H Stephenson Tech Sgt. Lewis E Womble Capt. Fred B. Smith Staff Sgt Raymond D Darby 1st. Lt. Newell G Shepherd CPI. Melvin E Gelino Sgt. William E Stovall CPI. James I. Jones

43rd Bomb Wing, 65th Bomb Sqdn.
 
Erected 2005 by Stratgic Air Command.
 
Location. 32° 47.968′ N, 113° 32.443′ W. Marker is near Dateland, Arizona, in Yuma County. Marker is on Ave 64E near U.S. 8, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is located at the Dateland Travel Center at exit 67. Marker is in this post office area: Dateland AZ 85333, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
2. Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker
At least 3 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Hyder Divisional Camp-Horn Divisional Camp Desert Training Center (here, next to this marker); Datelan Army Air Field (here, next to this marker); The 81st Infantry Division (approx. 8.4 miles away).
 
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Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, March 13, 2010
3. Boeing B-50A The "Long Ranger" Marker
Marker is on right in photo.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,216 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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