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Winona in Montgomery County, Mississippi — The American South (East South Central)
 

Ensign William Devotie Billingsley

 
 
Ensign William Devotie Billingsley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
1. Ensign William Devotie Billingsley Marker
Inscription. A graduate of Winona High School and the United States Naval Academy Class of 1909, Ensign Billingsley was one of the "Bird Men" — the pioneers of naval aviation, the pioneers of the test pilot generation, and the grandfathers of the astronauts. He was the first U.S. naval and military aviator to die in the line of duty when he perished in an aircraft accident over the Chesapeake Bay on June 20, 1913. Ensign Billingsley is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery in Winona.
 
Erected 2011 by Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Mississippi State Historical Marker Program marker series.
 
Location. 33° 29.241′ N, 89° 44.741′ W. Marker is in Winona, Mississippi, in Montgomery County. Marker is at the intersection of Mission Road and Middleton Road (Mississippi Highway 182), on the right when traveling north on Mission Road. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Middleton Road, Winona MS 38967, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Winona Confederate Monument (approx. 0.3 miles away); Roebuck "Pops" Staples (approx. half a mile away); Jefferson Davis Memorial Highway
Grave site of Ensign Billingsley image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 1951
2. Grave site of Ensign Billingsley
Located in the Oakwood Cemetery, on Summit Street, in Winona 0.3 miles south of marker.
(approx. 0.6 miles away); Montgomery County Confederate Monument (approx. one mile away); The "Final Spike" (approx. 1.1 miles away); Kilmichael: B.B. King's Roots (approx. 10.6 miles away); Camp McCain (approx. 14.1 miles away); 94th Infantry Division (approx. 14.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Winona.
 
Also see . . .
1. Early Aviators. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Patriots Point article on Ensign Billingsley. Includes photo of a similar plane flown by Billingsley. (Submitted on October 24, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceDisastersMilitary
 
Ensign William Devotie Billingsley (Far right, standing) image. Click for full size.
By Public Domain, 1913
3. Ensign William Devotie Billingsley (Far right, standing)
View of marker looking south on Mission Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
4. View of marker looking south on Mission Road.
View of marker looking east on MS-182 image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
5. View of marker looking east on MS-182
The view west on Middleton Road. image. Click for full size.
By Mark Hilton, October 18, 2015
6. The view west on Middleton Road.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 24, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 153 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on October 24, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
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