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“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Near Chappell in Deuel County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

B-24J Bomber Crash

 
 
B-24J Bomber Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
1. B-24J Bomber Crash Marker
Inscription. During World War II Nebraska was home to eleven air bases, which filled the sky with planes engaged in training aircrews. On June 7, 1944, fifteen B-24 bombers departed from the Lincoln Army Air Base en route to the west coast. During a thunderstorm B-24J #44-40758 caught fire, descended to 500 feet, and began circling the town of Chappell, Nebraska, when it exploded about two miles southeast of here. All personnel aboard were killed instantly. The ten airmen who made the supreme sacrifice while serving their country were: 2nd Lt. Donald S. Wallace, Peculiar, MO; 2nd Lt. Colon A. Holland, Waynesboro, MS; 2nd Lt. Frank K. Duffey, Cranford, NJ; 2nd Lt. Paul E. Rose, Mammoth Springs, AK; S/Sgt. Robert E. Rogers, Camilla, GA; S/Sgt. Vance C. Johnson, Stromsburg, NE; Sgt. Bernard T. Clark, New York, NY; Sgt. Ralph A. Young, Anadarko, OK; Sgt. Peter L. Zamboto, Rochester, NY; and M/Sgt. William E. Webster, Oneonta, NY. All were members of the 866th Bombardment Squadron (H), Seventh Air Force.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
 
Location. 41° 5.029′ N, 102° 28.258′ W. Marker is near Chappell, Nebraska, in Deuel County. Marker is at the intersection of State Highway 25A and County Route
B-24J Bomber Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
2. B-24J Bomber Crash Marker
Adjacent plaque
165, on the right when traveling north on State Highway 25A. Touch for map. Marker is in the “Chappell Pony Express Park”, with multiple monuments at exit 85 off Interstate 80,. Marker is in this post office area: Chappell NE 69129, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Lodgepole Creek Valley (a few steps from this marker); Hughes’ Ranch Pony Express Station (approx. 3˝ miles away); See and Do,Off the Byway (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Prisoners on the Plains / Ride 'Em Cowboy (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Fort Sedgwick (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Early Campsites and River Crossings (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Sugar Town (approx. 9.6 miles away in Colorado); Transcontinental Railroad (approx. 10.9 miles away in Colorado). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chappell.
 
Categories. Air & SpaceDisastersWar, World II
 
B-24J Bomber Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
3. B-24J Bomber Crash Marker
Both markers are visible
B-24J Bomber Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By Rev. Ronald Irick, July 16, 2016
4. B-24J Bomber Crash Marker
Full view of the park site
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 1, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 201 times since then and 69 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 30, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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