|Birth: ||May 10, 1925|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1949|
San Joaquin County
Master Sergeant Fernandez was the Bombadier aboard U.S. Air Force B-29-70-BW
Superfortress #44-69939. While on a "round robin" training flight from Spokane
Air Force Base, with a mock bombing target to Stockton, California, then onward
to Ogden, Utah, then a return home, tragedy struck at 23:45 hours on the night of
November 16th, 1949. Two in the group of thirteen Superfortresses collided at
26,000 feet above Stockton and plunged to earth in flaming wreckage. Only two
airmen survived by bailing out in
time and parachuted safely to ground. M/Sgt. Fernandez and eight other fliers
perished when the aircraft impacted in 6-10 feet of mud on Rindge Tract Island in the San Joaquin Delta, about 11
miles to the northwest. One crewmember parachuted to safety from the other B-29
(#44-86364) but nine were killed when it impacted on McDonald Island about 2 miles further south of this crashsite.
Note: From Pueblo, Colorado NOT in Mtn. View Cem.; NOT in Roselawn Cem.
Plot: Block 47
Created by: Tim Cook
Record added: Sep 24, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97729128
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92nd Bomb Group, 325th Bomb Squadron|
Added: Sep. 24, 2012