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Douglas Pearce Miner
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Birth: Apr. 18, 1919
Massachusetts, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1953
El Paso
El Paso County
Texas, USA

Texas Death Index #66256
Married, White, Male, Maj. US Air Force
Resident of 909 North Bailey, Fort Worth, Tarrant Co., Texas
Acting as Navigator/Observer onboard a B-36 that crashed into a the side of Mount Franklin in El Paso, Texas at 1437 hours sustaining multiple extreme injuries resulting in his death.
Informant: CAPT. Ross A Jones
USAF Infirmary, Briggs Air Force Base

Son of Percy H & Grace E Miner.

Census data:

1920: Newport, Newport Co., Rhode Island
Percy H Miner (27, RI) Head, Machinist US Torpedo Station
Grace E (27, MA) Wife
Douglas (8mo, MA) Son

1930: Attleboro, Bristol Co., Massachusetts
Percy Miner (37, RI) Head, Law Office Lawyer
Grace (37, MA) Wife, married 14 yrs
Douglas (10, MA) Son
Patricia (9, MA) Daughter


Douglas enlisted in the Army Air Force on 10 October 1941 and spent the remainder of his life in dedicated service to his country!

At the time of his death he was married to Jane Smith Isbill and had at least two children, son Stephen Grady and daughter Kathy.

(The crash of B-36D tail number 44-92071)

During a scheduled three hour ferry flight from Carswell Air Force Base to Biggs Air Force Base.

44-92071 left the Convair factory at Fort Worth in 1949 as B36B-5-CF. She was later converted to the B-36D standard with the additional jet pods and continued to serve with the 7th Bombardment Wing at Carswell AFB. On the morning of December 11, 1953 44-92071 was being transferred to the 95th Bomb Wing at Briggs AFB. Just four and a half miles sough west of Briggs the bomber struck the side of the 5200 foot Franklin Mountains.

Piloted by Herman Gerick, WW2 veteran with many hours in C-54, B-17, B-29, and B-24 bomber aircraft. The flight was routine until they hit bad weather forcing them into a 15 minute holding pattern at Salt Flat and flying on instruments due to haze and light snow. On the base leg of the approach, about 1.5 miles east of the extension of the runway center line, the pilot overshot his turn and was given instructions to correct but for the first time did not respond. On the third attempt there was a response. At this point there was a miss-instruction to turn to "370" degrees which the pilot responded "there is no such thing" and control quickly corrected to the previous stated "010" degrees. The pilot then responded he was correcting to "270" degrees. (Investigation board notes exaggerations and opinions of statements from the controller(s)) The pilot then request a visual approach over the station, at which point it was seen by the control tower making a right turn over El Paso Municipal Airport about 1.5 miles south of Briggs AFB. It then made a sharp 45 degree turn to the right on a South Easterly heading. It is believe the pilot seeing Municipal believed it was Briggs AFB. After several turns and communications with the controllers the pilot failed to make the corrections and after giving his altitude was told to climb back to 8k from his current 5k altitude. The pilot continued to make corrections and have intermittent communication with controllers and was seen by many civilians over the city in a cruising configuration trying to get back on course by instructions from both control towers and being confused having seen El Paso Municipal Airport and not Briggs AFB. Ultimately the right wing tip made contact with the mountain and the A/C crashed and exploded killing all on board and completely destroyed the A/C. The investigation also deemed the radar functional and should have shown the mountains but that it may not have been on or being used as required.

The crew killed that day were from the 492nd Bombardment Squadron of the 7th Bombardment Wing, 8th Air Force and consisted of the following:

Lt. Col. Herman Gerick (A/C Commander)
Maj. George Clayton Morford (Pilot)
Maj. Douglas P Miner (Navigator)
1st Lt. James M Harvey Jr. (Sq. Staff Flt. Eng.)
1st Lt. Gary B Fent Jr. (Flt. Eng.)
M/Sgt. Royal Freeman (Radio Operator)
A/1C Edwin D Howe (Gunner)
A/2C Frank Silvestri (Gunner)
T/Sgt. Dewey Taliaferro (Transfer passenger) 
Family links: 
  Jane Smith Isbill Browne (1925 - 2004)*
  Stephen Grady Miner (1949 - 1955)*
*Calculated relationship
Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio
Bexar County
Texas, USA
Plot: Section S Site 57-L
Maintained by: Mark Dutton
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
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Memorial Day Blessings, thank you for your service and our freedom. I'm sorry for the ultimate price that you paid for our country. Rest in peace.
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