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Barton in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Crash of Buzz One Four

 
 
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By F. Robby, July 31, 2016
1. The Crash of Buzz One Four Marker
Inscription. Near this site, at 1:42 am on January 13th 1964, a B-52 bomber, call sign "Buzz One Four", crashed during a blizzard. The plane, with a crew of five, was armed with two 9-megaton nuclear weapons. Four of the five crew members ejected from the plane. The pilot, Major Thomas W. McCormick and co-pilot, Captain Parker C. "Mack" Peedin, were the only Survivors. The navigator, Major Robert L. Payne, and tail gunner, TSgt. Melvin D. Wooten, died of exposure before they could be rescued. The fifth crew member, radar navigator Major Robert E. Townley, was unable to eject, and his body was found in the wreckage. Many local citizens endured brutal winter conditions to assist the air and ground search teams in the effort to rescue the crew members.

The plane was part of "Operation Chrome Dome", a contingent of bombers that were airborne at all times as a nuclear deterrent. Buzz One Four was en route from Westover Air Force Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, to Turner Air Force Base in Albany, Georgia when it suffered catastrophic structure failure over southern Pennsylvania due to severe turbulence.

This marker is erected in the memory of the crew members of Buzz One Four.

[text on photo] Maj. Robt. E. Townley - 5/3/1921 - 1/13/1964.
 
Erected 2014.
 
Marker series.
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By F. Robby, July 31, 2016
2. The Crash of Buzz One Four Marker
This marker is included in the B-52 Bomber Crash in Maryland marker series.
 
Location. 39° 34.072′ N, 79° 4.243′ W. Marker is in Barton, Maryland, in Allegany County. Marker is on Westernport Road 0.2 miles north of Pine Swamp Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barton MD 21521, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Major Robert E. Townley (approx. 0.4 miles away); Robert Lee Payne (approx. 3.4 miles away); Swauger Mill (approx. 5.2 miles away); New Germany Lake (approx. 5.3 miles away); Working Together for the Community (approx. 5 miles away); Don Redman (approx. 6 miles away in West Virginia); Mayo and Savage (approx. 6.2 miles away in West Virginia); Daniel Cresap (approx. 6.6 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is about 1500 feet east of the actual crash site, where there is another marker for Major Townley. The crash site is on private property, and trespassing is forbidden.
 
Regarding The Crash of Buzz One Four. There are memorials near where each of the three men who died. There are also "Buzz One Four" signs along the roads that are near those sites. There is also a monument in Grantsville dedicated
Buzz One Four Sign image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 31, 2016
3. Buzz One Four Sign
These signposts are located near each of the Buzz One Four related sites in Garrett County and West Salisbury, PA.
to all five of the men, as well as the citizens who helped search for them.
 
Also see . . .  buzzonefour.org. This is a website dedicated to the crash of Buzz One Four. (Submitted on August 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Air & SpaceDisastersWar, Cold
 
Crash Site image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, July 31, 2016
4. Crash Site
The crash site is located in the clearing area in this photo, about 1000 feet from where the photo was taken on Pine Swamp Road (about .3 miles west of its intersection with Westernport Road).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 10, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 283 times since then and 80 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.
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