Grantsville in Garrett County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber
— Mountain District American Legion Monument —
(left pane) In memory and as a tribute to Major Robert L. Payne, Major Robert E. Townley, S/Sgt. Melvin Wooten, and the survivors Major Thomas W. McCormick and Captain Parker C. Peedin.
(right pane) Erected by Mountain District of the American Legion, Department of Maryland, in recognition of the gallant men of the United States Air Force who are constantly vigilant in protecting the security and freedom of these United States and to the citizens of this area who by their example here, stand also ready to lend a helping hand.
Erected 1964 by the Mountain District of the American Legion, Department of Maryland, in July.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: War, ColdB-52 Bomber Crash in Maryland series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1946.
Location. 39° 41.788′ N, 79° 8.194′ W. Marker is in Grantsville, Maryland, in Garrett County. Marker is on Alternate U.S. 40 east of River Road, on the left when traveling east. It is approx. 500 yards east of the Penn Alps Restaurant and the Casselman bridge. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Grantsville MD 21536, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Stanton’s Mill (approx. 0.2 miles away); Bear Hill School (approx. ¼ mile away); Site of the National Pike Blacksmith Shop (approx. ¼ mile away); Yoder House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Schrock Cabin (approx. 0.3 miles away); Compton School (approx. 0.3 miles away); Markley House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Glotfelty House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grantsville.
Regarding Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber. The B-52 Strato-Fortress was on a routine mission carrying two 24-megaton nuclear bombs. This was the height of the Cold War and 12 atomic-bomb laden aircraft such as this were airborne at all times. The B-52 crashed on Big Savage Mountain near Lonaconing, during a violent snow storm after the tail fin broke off during massive turbulence. Three of the crew died, two survived.
Also see . . .
1. A Night To Remember. 2002 article by Dan Whetzel in Mountain Discoveries. “Three states and two counties in the Western Maryland region will never forget the winter storm of ’64, when a massive B-52 bomber crashed in the night.” (Submitted on July 6, 2008.)
2. B-52 Crash. Five pages of original photos and newspaper clippings on the Salisbury, Pennsylvania Historical Web Site (Submitted on July 6, 2008.)
Credits. This page was last revised on July 19, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. This page has been viewed 9,082 times since then and 35 times this year. Last updated on January 10, 2014. Photos: 1. submitted on July 6, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 2, 3. submitted on July 19, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.