San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Crew of “Abbot 27”
B-36J No. 52-2818, who perished on
25 May 1955 near Sterling City, Texas.
Crewmembers were assigned to the 40th Bomb
Squadron (Heavy), 6th Bombardment Wing,
Walker AFB, Roswell, New Mexico.
Capt. L.C. Basinger, Jr., Acft Commander
Capt. Harold V. Bowman, Co-Pilot
Capt. Ernest R. Morton, Bombardier
Capt. Arthur Fred, Navigator
Capt. Charles C. Zalonka, 2nd Navigator
Capt. Nelson H. Ensor, Engineer
2Lt. Richard B. Glover, 2nd Flight Engineer
TSgt Leonard T. Cannon, Radio Operator
A2C Terrence M. McNeil, 2nd Radio Operator
TSgt David C. Messer, Gunner
TSgt Charles J. Davis, Gunner
TSgt Walter D. Longley, Gunner
A1C Charles L. Davis, Gunner
A1C Ernest J. Coffinger, Jr., Gunner
A1C Billy H. Kershner, Ground Crew Chief
May our comrades rest in peace, comforted with the knowledge that their service and sacrifice helped assure the continued freedom and liberty of the Nation and of the Free World.
Erected October 2007
Erected 2007 by Veterans of the 40th and 24th Bombardment Squadrons, 6th Bombardment Wing (H), SAC.
Location. 31° 27.701′ Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 124 West Beauregard Avenue, San Angelo TX 76903, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Tom Green (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Original Tom Green County (about 300 feet away); Tom Green County Courthouse (about 400 feet away); Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Charles B. Metcalfe (about 400 feet away); The San Angelo Standard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Dr. Herbert A. Wardlaw Home (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
Regarding Crew of "Abbot 27". Excerpt from Wikipedia entry, "List of accidents and incidents involving military aircraft (1955-59)"
Convair B-36J-5-CF Peacemaker, 52-2818A, c/n 374, of the 6th Bomb Wing, call sign Abbott 27, on a routine training flight, crashes at ~2305 hrs. CST, in the SW corner of Glasscock County, Texas, on the Drannon Ranch, ~18.5 miles (29.8 km) SW of Sterling City, Texas. The aircraft had apparently disintegrated due to thunderstorm or tornadic activity,
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