Near Vinemont in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
The “Katy-Did” Crash
Eight U.S. Army Air Corps officers and enlisted men were killed one-fourth mile east of here near the Roundtop Community on Sunday, April 9, 1944, at 2:20 p.m. when their B-26C Martin Marauder bomber, nicknamed the “Katy-Did”, crashed nose-down, at full throttle, and exploded. The warplane was on an official flight from Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Georgia to Memphis, Tennessee when it encountered a severe thunderstorm. Witnesses reported that the plane reappeared from the heavy storm clouds upside down before crashing.
The victims were: Col. Lucius B. Manning, base commander, Hunter Army Airfield, Savannah, Georgia; Capt. Howard L. Hardy, pilot, La Harpe, Kansas; Capt. Arthur J. Gratis, co-pilot, Seattle, Washington; Sgt. John W. Haney, engineer, Buffalo, New York; Pvt. Matthew J. Georghegan, mechanic, Bronx, New York; Pvt. John H. Bailey, radio man, Trenton, New Jersey; Sgt. James R. Smith, St. Maire, Idaho; 1st Lt. Hugh Williams, Jr., Megehee, Arkansas.
Erected 2014 by Alabama Tourism Department.
Location. 34° 19.467′ N, 87° 0.08′ W. Marker is near Vinemont, Alabama, in Morgan County. Marker is on University of North Alabama Highway (Alabama Route 157 at milepost 19), 0.4 Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Vinemont AL 35179, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Battleground (approx. 1.5 miles away); Battle of Day’s Gap (approx. 6.6 miles away); Streight’s Raid (approx. 8.1 miles away); a different marker also named Streight’s Raid (approx. 8.1 miles away); Monitoring Watershed Health (approx. 8.1 miles away); Birds of Alabama (approx. 8.1 miles away); What is Water Pollution? (approx. 8.1 miles away); Where does your drinking water come from? (approx. 8.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Vinemont.
Also see . . . Cullman Times article about marker dedication. (Submitted on January 25, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Air & Space • Disasters • War, World II •
Credits. This page was last revised on January 27, 2017. This page originally submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. This page has been viewed 603 times since then and 154 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on January 31, 2015, by David J Gaines of Pinson, Alabama. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.