Big Rock Point in Charlevoix County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
B-52 Crash Fallen Crew Members Memorial
Westover Air Force Base, Mass.
346/348 Bombardment Squadrons
The following B-52 crew members gave their lives
on a training mission over Lake Michigan
January 7, 1971
Lt. Col. Wm B. Lemmon Lt. Col. John M. Simonfy, Jr.
Major Gerald W. Black Major Donald F. Rousseau
Capt. John E. Weaver, Jr. Capt. Joel G. Hirsch
1st Lt. Douglas Bachman 1st Lt Dennis D. Ferguson
Technical Sergeant Jerry M. Achey
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Air & Space • Disasters • Patriots & Patriotism • War, Cold. A significant historical date for this entry is January 7, 1971.
Location. 45° 21.791′ N, 85° 10.487′ W. Marker is in Big Rock Point, Michigan, in Charlevoix County. Marker is at Lake Michigan Shores Roadside Park, off U.S. 31, about 0.2 mile west of Burgess Road, and about five miles northeast of Charlevoix. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Charlevoix MI 49720, 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. Big Rock Point / Nuclear Power Plant (within shouting Greensky Hill Mission (approx. 2½ miles away); The Lower Channel Bridges (approx. 5.1 miles away); Fishing and Lumbering - Round Lake, North Shore / Bridge Park and Bridge Street (approx. 5.1 miles away); 103 Main Street (now Park Avenue) (approx. 5.2 miles away); Wharfside Building and Park Acquisition (approx. 5.2 miles away); The Harsha House Museum (approx. 5.2 miles away); Still On Patrol (approx. 5.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971. Military History of the Upper Great Lakes website entry (Submitted on January 15, 2022, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.)
2. B-52 Crash Information. Flight Safety Foundation website entry (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Cruise narrates 1971 B-52 crash (2015). Petoskey News-Review website entry (Submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on January 15, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 594 times since then and 66 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.