Godfrey in Morgan County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
WWII B-25C Airplane Crash
WW II B-25C Airplane Crash
Witnesses to the accident reported seeing the airplane flying below altitude and very close to the trees. According to published reports from Army Air Forces, after striking a tree the plane crashed to the ground and burst into flames. Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from the plane before it crashed, suggesting mechanical failure. The official report filed with the AAF Office of Flying Safety identifies a possible loss of power on right engine as a contributing factor to the crash, but the underlying cause is listed as “unknown.”
Casualties were: Lt. Calvin Elden Stocking, 21, pilot, Greenville, SC; Lt. Samuel James Strong, 21, co-pilot, Bakersfield, CA; Lt. Frank H. Bartels, 25, bombardier-navigator, Ronceverte, WV; Cpl. William E. Thrash, 20, engineer gunner,
Erected 2009 by Morgan County Bicentennial Committee.
Location. 33° 28.565′ N, 83° 30.823′ W. Marker is in Godfrey, Georgia, in Morgan County. Marker is at the intersection of Godfrey Road and Walton's Mill Road, on the left when traveling north on Godfrey Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Rutledge GA 30663, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Godfrey (approx. 1.2 miles away); Antioch Baptist Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Pennington (approx. 3.1 miles away); Seven Islands Road (approx. 4½ miles away); Fairview (approx. 4.6 miles away); Springfield (approx. 5.6 miles away); Bethany (approx. 6.4 miles away); Brownwood-Centennial (approx. 6.4 miles away).
1. Hometowns of the Pilot
Much research of military records shows the pilot and co-pilots home towns incorrectly listed. Their correct home towns are:
Lt. Calvin Elden Stocking, 21, pilot, Salt Lake City, UT
Lt. Samuel James Strong, 21, co-pilot, Columbus, OH
The rest of the crew is verified correct.
— Submitted August 26, 2010, by Ben Cannon of Social Circle, Ga..
Categories. • Air & Space • War, World II •
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