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Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Site of the B-24 Crash During W.W. II

 
 
Site of the B-24 Crash During W.W. II Marker image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
1. Site of the B-24 Crash During W.W. II Marker
Inscription. On the night of March 26, 1944, three B-24 aircraft were flying loose formation from Chatham field in Savannah, Georgia on a training flight. Somewhere over the Atlantic ocean, two of the planes went down without even giving a distress signal. The third B-24 developed engine trouble, losing power in three engines. As the fourth engine began to fail, the crew tried to land at Melbourne Naval Air Station (Melbourne International Airport). The aircraft crashed just west of the Florida East Coast Railroad tracks, north of the Eau Gallie River, narrowly missing a government housing development called Sunset Terrace.

The only survivor of that crash was Basil R. Huntress who spent three months in the hospital at the Melbourne Naval Air Station. In 1995 he returned to the Eau Gallie area to revisit the site of this extraordinary experience. An investigation determined that the plane had been sabotaged.
 
Location. 28° 7.728′ N, 80° 38.023′ W. Marker is in Melbourne, Florida, in Brevard County. Marker is on Eau Gallie Blvd. (County Road 518) 0.2 miles west of U.S. 1, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. The marker is close to the road on the south side, on a vacant lot just east of the railroad tracks and west of the fire station. Marker is in this post office area: Melbourne FL 32935, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
B-24 Crash Marker near RR Crossing image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
2. B-24 Crash Marker near RR Crossing
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Eau Gallie Yacht Basin (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. John's Episcopal Church (approx. 0.4 miles away); Karrick's Grocery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Ginter Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old City Hall Complex (approx. 0.4 miles away); Downtown Eau Gallie (approx. 0.4 miles away); Old Eau Gallie Post Office and Surrounding Area (approx. 0.4 miles away); Corner of Highland and Eau Gallie Blvd. (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Melbourne.
 
More about this marker. The town of Eau Gallie which existed at the time of the crash is now part of Melbourne.
 
Additional keywords. aviation accidents disaster
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
B-24 Crash Marker on Eau Gallie Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Jamie Cox, July 18, 2013
3. B-24 Crash Marker on Eau Gallie Boulevard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 23, 2011, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. This page has been viewed 1,224 times since then and 63 times this year. Last updated on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 18, 2013, by Jamie Cox of Melbourne, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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