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Near Vinemont in Morgan County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

The “Katy-Did” Crash

 
 
The "Katy-Did" Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, January 29, 2015
1. The "Katy-Did" Crash Marker
Inscription.
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
The "Katy-Did" Crash Marker image. Click for full size.
By David J Gaines, January 29, 2015
2. The "Katy-Did" Crash Marker
miles south of State Crusher Road, on the right when traveling north. 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 10 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); Clarkson Covered Bridge (approx. 8.2 miles away); Skirmish at Woodall's Bridge (approx. 8.2 miles away); City of Hartselle, Alabama / Hartselle Facts (approx. 9.1 miles away); Battle of Hog Mountain (approx. 9.4 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 & SpaceDisastersWar, 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 568 times since then and 119 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.
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