Barton in Allegany County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
The Crash of Buzz One Four
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
[text on photo] Maj. Robt. E. Townley - 5/3/1921 - 1/13/1964.
Marker series. 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. Touch for directions.
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. 5½ 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 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 & Space • Disasters • War, Cold •
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 447 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 3, 2016, by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland.