Military Air Disaster

Military Air Disaster (HM2A2B)

Location: Wilmington, OH 45177 Clinton County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 26.744', W 83° 48.587'

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Side A On April 18, 1964, reservists from the 302nd Troop Carrier Wing at the Clinton County Air Force Base (CCAFB) and 2nd Special Forces Group (Green Berets) of Fort Hayes, Columbus were to undergo an Operational Readiness Inspection. In a flight of nine C-119 "Flying Boxcars," the men were to execute a routine night formation paratroop drop. Airborne, the flight encountered worsening weather conditions and the lead plane called off the mission. Returning to CCAFB, two C-119s collided in mid-air and crashed about five miles northeast of the base, near the intersection of Stone and Melvin roads. Tragically, 17 of the 19 men aboard were killed.
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Service members killed in the crash:
Airmen: Maj. Francis J. Brock, mission inspector ·
S/Sgt. Richard F. Davis, mechanic ·
S/Sgt. Clyde Grimes, radio operator ·
Lt. Col. Richard M. Griswold, pilot ·
Capt. Woodson B. Gudgell, navigator ·
Maj. Stanley H. Heismann, co-pilot ·
Maj. James A. Hopkins, pilot ·
Capt. Ernest B. Milligan, co-pilot ·
Capt. Robert L. Timmons, navigator

Soldiers: 1st Lt. Donald B. Becker, paratrooper ·
S/Sgt. William Cornell, paratrooper ·
Lt. Col. Ray J. Glaze, paratrooper ·
S/Sgt. Joseph T. Kelly, paratrooper ·
Capt. Calvin

F. Kemp, paratrooper ·
PFC James W. Kremer, paratrooper ·
Lt. Col. Samuel W. Sardis, paratrooper ·
Corp. Peter A. Weart, paratrooper
HM NumberHM2A2B
Series This marker is part of the Ohio: Ohio Historical Society series
Year Placed2018
Placed ByClinton County Historical Society, The Buckeye Wing Association, Special Forces Association Chapter 45, The Buckeye Chapter; The Ohio History Connection
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 6th, 2018 at 10:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 258210 N 4370010
Decimal Degrees39.44573333, -83.80978333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 26.744', W 83° 48.587'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 26' 44.64" N, 83° 48' 35.22" W
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Area Code(s)937
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 97 Park Dr, Wilmington OH 45177, US
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