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Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Montgomery County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

1954 C-47 Alaskan Crash Memorial

 
 
1954 C-47 Alaskan Crash Memorial Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 5, 2010
1. 1954 C-47 Alaskan Crash Memorial Marker
Inscription.

In Honor Of
the crewmembers and passengers
who lost their lives in a
C-47 crash in the mountains
of Alaska on 5 February 1954

Capt Earl L Betscher
Lt Col Edward L Burge
Capt James M Hill
A/3c Edward J Knapp
A/2c Richard L Knickerbocker
A/3c Donald R McDonough
A/1c Edmund S McMahon
S/Sgt Alvi R Raymer
T/Sgt Jacob Siplivy
Lt Col W Wes Watson

Erected on this site by the surviving
family members and six survivors
of the crash:

A/1c Edward J Fox
A/2c Eli R LaDuke
A/2c Huey T Montgomery
A/2c Edward W Olson
A/3c Rupert C Pratt
A/1c Bobby G Sallis


 
Location. 39° 46.763′ N, 84° 6.751′ W. Marker is in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in Montgomery County. Touch for map. Marker (Memorial Wall #1, 061) is in the Memorial Park of the National Museum of the United States Air Force, with museum access off Springfield Street. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1100 Spaatz Street, Dayton OH 45433, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 47th Fighter Squadron (here, next to this marker); AC-130A Spectre Gunship II (here, next to this marker); SSgt Forrest Ray Cope
Memorial Wall #1 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Memorial Wall #1
(here, next to this marker); 504th Bomb Group (VH) (here, next to this marker); Frederick W. Kaufmann, Colonel, USAF (here, next to this marker); USAF Pilot Class 1954E (here, next to this marker); Michael Slepecky, Jr. (here, next to this marker); Army Air Corps Flying Cadet Class 41-B (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.
 
Regarding 1954 C-47 Alaskan Crash Memorial. The 2006 book Touching the Ancient One: A True Story of Tragedy And Reunion, by Rupert Pratt, tells the story.
 
Also see . . .
1. C-47 Plane Crash Details. (Submitted on March 22, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. NMUSAF Memorial Park Diagram. (Submitted on March 22, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Air & SpaceDisastersPatriots & PatriotismWar, Cold
 
Memorial Wall #1 image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
3. Memorial Wall #1
NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
4. NMUSAF Memorial Park Sign
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 18, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 146 times since then and 20 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on March 22, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   2. submitted on March 8, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   3. submitted on July 2, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   4. submitted on December 28, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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