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Weatherford in Parker County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Tragedy over Weatherford

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Photographed By Ruth VanSteenwyk, May 10, 2021
1. Tragedy over Weatherford Marker
On the night of August 17, 1945, two B-29 "Heavy Bombers" collided above this site killing 18 of the 20 airmen aboard. The spectacular event could be seen as far away as Gainesville, Greenville and Cisco as both planes exploded in fire.

The two aircraft, one from Clovis Airfield, New Mexico, the other from Alamogordo Airfield, New Mexico, were on separate training missions to simulate bomb runs in the Pacific as they met head-on in a freak chance over Weatherford.

The Clovis plane, with a crew of 11, crashed approximately one and a quarter mile southwest of this site on the Edwards family farm. Two men managed to parachute from the burning plane and survived. The Alamogordo Plane, with a crew of 9, crashed approximately two and a half miles north of this site, near Peaster highway, with no survivors.

In 2003, 58 years after the crash, this marker was erected to honor these brave airmen who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. May they rest in peace.

From Clovis Field, New Mexico

1st Lt. Robert A. Mayer, Pilot/Commander - Buffalo, New York
2nd Lt. Robert L.
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2. Tragedy over Weatherford Marker
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Knight, Bombardier - Mt. Vernon, Washington
2nd Lt. John W. Burtis, Navigator - St. Paul, Minnesota
FO Robert Q. Zaliska, Radar Operator - Los Angeles, California
SSgt. Clifford D. Longmire, Engineer - Columbus, Georgia
Cpl. Robert H. Aparian, Radio Operator - Westbury, Connecticut
Cpl. Jasper C. Wilson, Jr., Gunner - Newark, New Jersey


2nd Lt. Edwin F. Smith, Co-Pilot/FO - Glasgow, Kentucky
Cpl. Earl F. Wischmeier, Gunner - West Burlington, Iowa

From Alamogordo Field, New Mexico
1st Lt. Aubrey K. Stinsen, Pilot/Commander - Caneyville, Kentucky
2nd Lt. Harold N. Swain, Co-pilot - Wichita Falls, Texas
2nd Lt. Gordon E. Myers, Navigator - Kansas City, Missouri
2nd Lt. Binson W. Cohen, Bombardier - Bronx, New York
2nd Lt. Edward E. Lahmers, Flight Engineer - Decatur, Illinois
Sgt. Donald E. Lefebure, Radar Operator - Detroit, Michigan
Sgt. Johnny A. Mosely, Fire Control - Columbus, South Carolina
Sgt. Donald E. Reed, Gunner - Tyronne, Pennsylvania
Sgt. Clarence A. Jurgens, Gunner - Sidney, Nebraska

Erected 2003 by Parker County Heritage Society.
Topics. This memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & SpaceWar, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is August 18, 1945.
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32° 44.71′ N, 97° 48.797′ W. Marker is in Weatherford, Texas, in Parker County. Memorial is on Charles Street, 0.2 miles north of Mockingbird Lane, on the left when traveling north. This marker stands near the Weatherford Public Library. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1014 Charles St, Weatherford TX 76086, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. August 17, 1945 B-29 Crash (here, next to this marker); Grace First Presbyterian Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Parker County Gold Star Family Memorial Monument (approx. ¼ mile away); Soldier Spring Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Chandor Gardens (approx. ¾ mile away); Mount Pleasant Colored School (approx. 0.8 miles away); James Claude Wright House (approx. 1.2 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Weatherford.
Also see . . .  Tragedy over Weatherford. (Submitted on June 10, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 10, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. This page has been viewed 181 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 10, 2021, by Ruth VanSteenwyk of Aberdeen, South Dakota. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.

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Oct. 6, 2022