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Brigham in Iowa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Army Cargo Plane Crash

 
 
Army Cargo Plane Crash Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By Anton Schwarzmueller, August 29, 2011
1. Army Cargo Plane Crash Memorial Marker
Inscription. In the late hours of November 25, 1944, a C-47 Army cargo plane en route from Chicago to Minneapolis crashed into Blue Mound 400-500 feet north of this monument. The plane had encountered a winter storm, and burdened by built up ice, was attempting to return to Chicago.

Four young Americans died serving their country in the Thanksgiving weekend accident. We, whose lives are enriched by their ultimate sacrifice, have placed this marker in their memory.

Dedicated May 30, 2005 to the memory of:

Captain Allen L. Swinton, Minneapolis, MN
2nd Lt. John A. Oppreicht, Lynxville, WI
Pfc. John B. Nolan, East St. Louis, IL
Pvt. Stanley A. Schlesinger, Richmond Hills, NY
 
Erected 2005.
 
Location. 43° 1.701′ N, 89° 51.033′ W. Marker is in Brigham, Wisconsin, in Iowa County. Marker can be reached from Mounds Road/ Park Entrance Road 1.5 miles north of County Road Id (County Route Id). Touch for map. Marker is located near the east (observation) tower in Blue Mounds State Park. From US route 151/18, exit north at County Road F, turn left onto County Road Id, then right onto Mounds Road and through the village of Blue Mounds. See link for a map of the park. The park road ends in a loop with
Army Cargo Plane Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 2, 2014
2. Army Cargo Plane Crash Marker
The view of the marker looking north.
observation towers east and west. The GPS coordinates are for the loop. Marker is in this post office area: Blue Mounds WI 53517, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 1.5 miles away); Brigham Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); a different marker also named Brigham Park (approx. 1.6 miles away); Site of Blue Mounds Fort (approx. 1.9 miles away); Elvers Corner (approx. 3.9 miles away); German Valley (approx. 4.5 miles away); Peculiar Corners (approx. 5.7 miles away); Old Town (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Where the road loops, and the towers are located, is the largest hill in the southern part of state of Wisconsin. The park road crosses into Iowa County from Dane County and on to the loop/summit.
 
Also see . . .
1. Map of Blue Mound State Park. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
2. Wisconsin State Park System - Blue Mound State Park. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
3. Wikipedia - Blue Mound State Park. (Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
4. Aviation Safety Network. Crash, flight, and aircraft data for the accident.
Army Cargo Plane Crash Area image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 2, 2014
3. Army Cargo Plane Crash Area
This is the view from the east observation tower looking north.
(Submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceWar, World II
 
Nearby Observation Tower image. Click for full size.
By William J. Toman, August 2, 2014
4. Nearby Observation Tower
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. This page has been viewed 584 times since then and 79 times this year. Last updated on April 15, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York. Photos:   1. submitted on March 30, 2014, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.   2, 3. submitted on August 3, 2014, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin.   4. submitted on January 24, 2015, by William J. Toman of Green Lake, Wisconsin. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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