West Salisbury in Somerset County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten
Donated by Johnson Memorial Co. & Salisbury Vol. Fire Dept.
Marker series. This marker is included in the B-52 Bomber Crash in Maryland marker series.
Location. 39° 45.687′ N, 79° 5.184′ W. Marker is in West Salisbury, Pennsylvania, in Somerset County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of West Salisbury Avenue and 9th Street. Touch for map. Marker is about 150-200 feet east of this intersection, along a dirt road that takes you toward the Casselman river, just past an old railroad right of way. Marker is in this post office area: West Salisbury PA 15565, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lest We Forget (approx. 4.8 miles away); Meyersdale Centennial (approx. 4.8 miles away); Little Meadows (approx. 4.8 miles away in Maryland); John Nelson Davis (approx. 5.1 miles away); Mt. Davis (approx. 5.1 miles away); Western Maryland Railway (approx. 5.2 miles away); Crash of a United States B-52 Bomber (approx. 5.2 miles away in Maryland); Stanton’s Mill (approx. 5.3 miles away in Maryland).
More about this marker.
Regarding T/Sgt. Melvin F. Wooten. The B-52 Strato-Fortress was on a routine mission carrying two 24-megaton nuclear bombs. This was the height of the Cold War and 12 atomic-bomb laden aircraft such as this were airborne at all times. The B-52 crashed on Big Savage Mountain near Lonaconing, during a violent snow storm after the tail fin broke off during massive turbulence. Three of the crew died, two survived. The ordnance was recovered.
Also see . . . Cold War mission ended in tragedy for B-52 crew. This page, linked from the Salisbury PA Historical Web Site, appears to be the most comprehensive story, but there are several others available with a google search. (Submitted on August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.)
1. B-52 Crash Markers
There are 4 markers related to this incident. One is in the town of Grantsville MD as a tribute to the 5 men involved in the incident, and the citizens who helped search for the men after the crash. The other three markers are located where
— Submitted August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
Categories. • War, Cold •
Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 506 times since then and 45 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on August 4, 2013, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. 4. submitted on October 9, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.