Oviedo in Seminole County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Navy Plane Crash/Jim Jones: An Eyewitness
Navy Plane Crash
January 15, 1962. Lt. Charles Hodgate, Delton Wilson, John Bush, and Horace Marks struggled to get their A3D-2 Skywarrior plane airborne. Sanford NAS cleared them for take-off on a bombing run, but the tail bumper, starboard engine, and wingtip dragged, leaving marks for 2150 ft. The order came to lower landing gear, dump fuel, and turn east to avoid Orlando. Wilson then reported the starboard engine-fire warning light was on. Two A3J aircraft joined the A3D and confirmed the engine fire. Skimming the treetops while losing altitude, the Oviedo School lay directly in the flight path. An immediate bailout was ordered. Delton Wilson parachuted out and survived, but the the plane's escape chute mechanism failed. As children watched, the plane fell short of the school and crashed into Ward Citrus Grove, exploding and killing pilot Charles Hodgate, John Bush, and Horace Marks.
Jim Jones: An Eyewitness
"In 1962, I was a high school junior sitting in Jack Calvert's English class looking out into a crystal-clear sky when I saw three planes skimming the tree tops heading directly towards the school.
Erected 2021 by Seminole County Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters. A significant historical date for this entry is January 15, 1962.
Location. 28° 39.989′ N, 81° 12.759′ W. Marker is in Oviedo, Florida, in Seminole County. Marker is at the intersection of Clark Street and Lake Jessup Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Clark Street. The Cross Seminole Trail crosses through this intersection also and the marker can be easily read from it. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 281 Veracliff Ct, Oviedo FL 32765, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawton House (approx. ¼ mile away); Oviedo Lake Charm (approx. 1.2 miles away); Slavia (approx. 1.8 miles away); Lake Jesup (approx. 2.7 miles away); White’s Wharf (approx. 2.8 miles away); Jamestown (approx. 3 miles away); Winter Springs Veterans Memorial (approx. 3.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oviedo.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 3, 2021. It was originally submitted on August 18, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 73 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 18, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.