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302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
1. 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial
Inscription.
Died in C-123 accident
at Ft. Sill, OK, [16] Oct. 1980
302 TAW RAFB Col, OH.

Capt. George Freeland, Jr.
Maj. Thomas Brady
Lt. Col. Donald Griffith
T.Sgt. Michael Snodgrass
Sr. Amn. Robert Hass

 
Location. 39° 26.746′ N, 83° 48.576′ W. Marker is in Wilmington, Ohio, in Clinton County. Touch for map. Memorial is near the flagpole in the chain-link fenced enclosure in Denver Williams Memorial Park, about 0.1 miles south of the park entrance off Rombach Avenue (US Route 22). Marker is in this post office area: Wilmington OH 45177, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 302 TAW C-119 Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); 907 TAG C-119G Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); 302nd TCW Aircraft Accident Memorial (here, next to this marker); Military Air Disaster (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); Indian Trails of Clinton County (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wilmington.
 
Regarding 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial.
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By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
2. 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial
Bottom left marker.
"302 TAW RAFB Col, OH." is 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing, Rickenbacker Air Force Base, Columbus, Ohio.



The last name listed, Robert Hass[sic], is incorrectly spelled. Senior Airman Robert J. Haas initially survived the crash, but died a few weeks later on November 9, 1980.
 
Also see . . .  C-123 Accident Report. (Submitted on February 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional comments.
1. My sincerest gratitude and heartfelt thanks to the contributors who put this together
My father, Major Thomas Brady, was on this aircraft. I did not know that this marker existed and this accident occurred over 36 years ago. To this day I have been trying to gather more information about my father and the crash as well as anything else that would bring closure. I am eternally grateful that someone is taking the time to put this page together. I am including a picture of the aircraft as I found it through research the same day that I found this website and its picture of the marker. 36 years has gone by since this happened but with the age of the internet I was able to gather all of this information within a few hours. The link to this page was found on Aviation safety Network. My brothers do not yet know of the fortunate find but I will be surprising

302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., January 18, 2010
3. 302 TAW C-123 Accident Memorial
Leftmost of the three markers. Looking NW.
them with a short trip this coming November to be able to visit this marker. Your website is helping a family bring closure to an unfortunate incident. Again, I thank you for all that you've done. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted October 25, 2016, by Robert P Brady of Clarksville, Tennessee.

2. Info on the aircraft accident
I am looking for Robert P. Brady. I have information about the aircraft accident. I was one of the air traffic controllers on duty at Fort Sill the morning of the accident. I still have pictures of the aircraft before and after the accident. I would like to share some things with you that would help both of us. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted August 21, 2017, by Randall B Burwell of New Brockton, Alabama.

3. First Responder 4/507th Med Co.
I was the pilot of the Medivac aircraft from 4/507th Med Co FT Sill that arrived on the scene shortly after the accident. We transported the crew to Reynolds Army Hospital. I don’t know where he came from but there was an Army Chaplain on the scene when we arrived
302 TAW C-123 Aircraft image. Click for full size.
By Arie Van Groen, circa 1978
4. 302 TAW C-123 Aircraft
According to my research, this is the actual plane.
performing last rights for the crew members as they were removed from the wreckage.
I visited the memorial on Memorial Day several years ago with the Doctor that was our flight surgeon at the time. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted November 17, 2018, by Mark Edward Williams of Norman, Oklahoma.

4. So grateful for the response to my inquiry
Due to the wonderful effort of the creator and manager of this website I must report that I have been in touch with two of the many people that were on scene that fateful day. While my quest is still on going for information, stories, and details lifelong friendships have emerged for my brothers and I with the people who have responded. May you be blessed for the work you have done!
    — Submitted December 27, 2018, by Robert P Brady of Clarksville, Tennessee.

 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 27, 2018. This page originally submitted on February 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 2,579 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 25, 2010, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on October 25, 2016, by Robert P Brady of Clarksville, Tennessee.
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