A Remembrance Memorial erected near the crash site. Erected by Marshall County Fiscal Court on September 7, 2008. Listed here with GPS coordinates to easily be found for visiting.
On July 1, 1945. A B-29 Superfortress #44-86334, six miles south of Benton, Kentucky, crashed near Soldier Creek Church. Nine men aboard the B-29 lost their lives and one survived after being thrown from the aircraft and parachuting to safety. This monument shall remain in remembrance of their sacrifice and of those who have served and continue to serve on foreign and domestic soils as ambassadors for our freedom and democracy.
This crash has long lived in stories and memories in rural Marshall County. Now, the soldiers who were killed in that crash are being honored. The Marshall County Fiscal Court bought a monument honoring the crew and unveiled it near the crash, close to the Soldier Creek Church.
The four-engine heavy bomber crashed about 1 a.m. The plane took off from Kirtland Airfield in Albuquerque, N.M., and refueled in Nashville before flying into Western Kentucky, and into a severe thunderstorm, debris being scattered over 2 miles along Ky US 80.
One sole survivor, CPL Irving A. Elias from New York City.
The bodies of the other soldiers — 1st Lt. Joseph F. Arone, Cpl. Roy G. Berryhill, 2nd Lt. Ward W. Copenhaver, Flight Officer Eugene M. Graham, Sgt. Romold A. Krzyzan, Sgt. Delmar H. Lumberg, Sgt. Arnold A. Rushton, Flight Officer James R. Schetzsle and 2nd Lt. Richard O. Snow — were taken to then Camp Campbell, now Fort Campbell on the Kentucky-Tennessee line.
The Market House Museum, in Paducah, KY, features displays on 1945 military plane crash, which includes photographs, information on each of the soldiers, and telegraphs/letters sent to the families.
GPS Coordinates: 36.78884, -88.42908
- Added: 23 Sep 2016
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