Near St. Marks in Wakulla County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Fatal B-17 Crash On St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge
July 30, 1944
Killed in the crash were: 2nd Lt. Gordon E. Thrall, Manchester, CT. pilot; 2nd Lt. John W. Smidt, Wilmington, NC; 2nd Lt. Charles W. Dracopoulos, Newport, RI; Cpl. Arthur L. Davis, San Francisco, CA; Pvt. Horace W. Newton, Texarkana, TX; Pvt. William Gehman, Gibbstown, NJ; and Pvt. Albert C. Fries,
Erected 2020 by The St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, The Friends of St. Marks Wildlife Refuge, and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-1093.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters • War, World II. A significant historical date for this entry is July 30, 1944.
Location. 30° 5.218′ N, 84° 9.94′ W. Marker is near St. Marks, Florida, in Wakulla County. Marker is on Lighthouse Road (County Road 59) 9 miles south of U.S. 98, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located just north of the lighthouse. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Saint Marks FL 32355, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Marks Lighthouse (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Old Store on the Wakulla River (approx. 5.2 miles away); Telltale Bones (approx. 5.2 miles away); Port Leon (approx. 5.2 miles away); San Marcos de Apalache (approx. 5.2 miles away); Bo Lynn's Grocery (approx. 5.2 miles away); a different marker also named San Marcos de Apalache (approx. 5.2 miles away); Princess Malee "Milly" Francis (approx. 5.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in St. Marks.
Also see . . . Saint Marks Bomber Rediscovered. (Submitted on November 22, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 22, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 290 times since then and 129 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on November 22, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.