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Harold E. Prinkey
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Birth: Nov. 28, 1925
New Kensington
Westmoreland County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 1949
San Joaquin County
California, USA

Staff Sergeant Prinkey was a gunner aboard U.S. Air Force B-29-50-MO
Superfortress #44-86364. 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 one
airman, PFC Keith Burns, age 19, aboard ship #364 survived by bailing out in
time and parachuted safely to ground. S/Sgt. Prinkey and eight other fliers
perished when the aircraft impacted McDonald Island in the San Joaquin Delta, 9
miles to the northwest. Two crewmembers parachuted to safety from the other B-29
(#44-69939) but nine were killed when it impacted in 6-10 feet of mud on Rindge
Tract, about 2 miles further north of this crashsite.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Charles E. Prinkey (1904 - 1999)
  Ellen Lucy Brooks Prinkey (1905 - 1999)
 
 Siblings:
  Harold E. Prinkey (1925 - 1949)
  Dale B. Prinkey (1927 - 2010)*
  Robert Lloyd Prinkey (1934 - 1935)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Normalville Cemetery
Normalville
Fayette County
Pennsylvania, USA
 
Created by: bones-n-rust
Record added: Apr 23, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26233654
Harold E. Prinkey
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Harold E. Prinkey
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Harold E. Prinkey
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