Elizabeth Ann “Bette” <I>Hailstone</I> Smith

Elizabeth Ann “Bette” Hailstone Smith

Birth
Pennsylvania, USA
Death 4 Aug 1969 (aged 47)
Chile
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Missing
Memorial ID 114546759 · View Source
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She was the daughter of James Galbraith Hailstone and Catherine Birkbeck of Pennsylvania. Her siblings were William Greene, Lillias, Charles Edward, James, Robert B, Jeanne Jennings, and Shirley B Hailstone.

She married Captain Floyd E Smith 11 May 1943. Together, they had three children, Doug, Craig, and Barbara.

US Navy aircraft C-47 BuNo 17254 disappeared while en route from its home base at El Belloto Naval Air Station near Vina del Mar, Chile, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. One intermediate stop had been made at Los Cerrillos Airport, Santiago, Chile, for international clearance. There were four crew members and twelve passengers on board consisting in part of several dependents of US Military, both Navy and Air Force. The flight was en route for scheduled necessary maintenance at Buenos Aires. It is believed that a crash occurred shortly after last contact at 1716 hours 4 August 1969, killing all occupants. It is suspected that weather conditions were the primary cause of the accident. This aircraft and the remains of its crew have never been found and are still missing.

The crew members and passengers were~

CDR Ralph J Touch, USN, Pilot, from Des Moines IA
LCDR James P Kuhn, USN, Co-Pilot, from Osage IA
ATC Joe Fernandez, USN, Radioman, from El Paso TX
ADRC John T Higgins, USN, Aircraft Mechanic, from Medford MA
LCDR Harold L Mooney, USN, Passenger, from New York NY
SSgt Frank A Homer, USAF, Passenger
TSgt Robert L Paterson, Jr, USAF, Passenger, from PA
SSgt Ronnie J Ball, USAF, Passenger
Shelby Penn Mooney, Wife of LCDR Mooney, Passenger
Elizabeth Ann Hailstone Smith, Wife of Capt Floyd E Smith, Passenger
Norma Ann Heist Touch, Wife of CDR Touch, Passenger
Carol Tilton, Wife of CDR Robert L Tilton, Passenger
Claudine Cox Fernandez, Wife of ATC Fernandez, Passenger
Carol Homer, Wife of SSgt Homer, Passenger
Esther Zuluaga Paterson, Wife of TSgt Paterson, Passenger
Norma R Orcutt Ball, Wife of SSgt Ball, Passenger

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group email address--
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Note this is a Private Group, for family, friends, and serious researchers only

If not a member of Facebook, one can follow the group via email upon request to the manager of this crew's virtual cemetery.


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  • Created by: B24CoPilotNiece
  • Added: 28 Jul 2013
  • Find a Grave Memorial 114546759
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elizabeth Ann “Bette” Hailstone Smith (9 Apr 1922–4 Aug 1969), Find a Grave Memorial no. 114546759, ; Maintained by B24CoPilotNiece (contributor 47391745) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Missing.