Wilmington in Clinton County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
1968 Clinton County AFB C-119G Plane Crash
On August 9, 1968, a plane carrying 31 military passengers and crew members left the Clinton County Air Force Base for completion of an annual two-week active duty training held at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts. The transport was assigned to the 907th Tactical Airlift Group, 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing. Just after takeoff, the C-119G "Flying Boxcar" lost power, and the pilot attempted to return to the base. The plane crash-landed and caught fire on the Ottie Griffith Farm two miles from the base. Six reservists perished, and many passengers and rescuers were injured.
US Air Force Reservists killed in the crash: TSGT. William B. Hansford, III; SGT. Ernest L. Arehart; SGT. Richard N. Hall; SGT. David A. Husinga; A1C Paul U. Ruschau; A1C Michael L. Wiford.
Erected 2019 by Clinton County Historical Society; The Buckeye Wing Association; American Legion Post 49; The Ohio History Connection. (Marker Number 11-14.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space Disasters. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list.
Location. 39° 26.743′ N, 83° 48.588′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. Marker can be reached from Rombach Avenue (U.S. 22). marker is in J.W. Denver Williams Jr. Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1052 Rombach Avenue, Wilmington OH 45177, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Military Air Disaster (here, next to this marker); 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 907 TAG C-119G Accident Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial (a few steps from this marker); 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Kenneth W. Faul (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); J. W. Denver Williams, Jr. (about 700 feet away); Wilmington War Memorial (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 6, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 752 times since then and 344 times this year. Last updated on July 3, 2023, by Grant & Mary Ann Fish of Galloway, Ohio. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 17, 2019, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.