The "Katy-Did" Crash

The "Katy-Did" Crash (HM1IZC)

Location: Vinemont, AL 35179 Morgan County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 19.467', W 87° 0.08'

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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 a 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.
Year Placed2014
Placed ByAlabama Tourism Department
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at 1:01pm PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 499877 N 3798131
Decimal Degrees34.32445000, -87.00133333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 19.467', W 87° 0.08'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 19' 28.02" N, 87° 0' 4.8" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 5810-5886 AL-157, Vinemont AL 35179, US
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