Pound in Wise County, Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
Francis Gary Powers — U2 Pilot
Erected 2005 by Department of Historic Resources. (Marker Number KA-20.)
Location. 37° 6.025′ N, 82° 35.977′ W. Marker is in Pound, Virginia, in Wise County. Marker is at the intersection of Orby Cantrell Highway (U.S. 23) and Indian Creek Road (Business U.S. 23), on the right when traveling north on Orby Cantrell Highway. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pound VA 24279, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Pound, Virginia (approx. 1.3 miles away); Daniel Webster Dotson Wise County / Dickenson County (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Daniel Webster Dotson (approx. 3.7 miles away); Dickenson County (approx. 3.9 miles away); Pound Gap Engagement (approx. 4 miles away); The Crooked Road (approx. 4 miles away); a different marker also named Daniel Webster Dotson (approx. 4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Pound.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “Soviet intelligence was aware of encroaching U-2 flights since 1956 but lacked effective countermeasures until 1960. On May 1, 1960, Powers’ U-2, which departed from a military airbase in Peshawar, Pakistan with support from the US Air Station at Badaber (Peshawar Air Station), was shot down by an S-75 Dvina surface-to-air missile over Sverdlovsk. Powers was unable to activate the plane’s self-destruct mechanism before he bailed out and was captured.” (Submitted on November 22, 2015.)
Categories. • War, Cold •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.