|Birth: ||Oct. 22, 1916|
|Death: ||Nov. 16, 1949|
92 AF Bomb Wing
World War II
1st Lieutenant Hees was a Radar Oprtator 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 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. Lt. Hees 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.
Submitted by Tim Cook, A Find a Grave contributor and volunteer 46481904
Fern Elise Gorby Wasser (1918 - 2013)*
John Frederick Hees (1941 - 2012)*
Michael Henry Hees (1945 - 2003)*
Evergreen Memorial Park
Plot: Block 4
Created by: Bob & Sue
Record added: Jul 13, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 73305557
Bob & Sue
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