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1LT Cary Buckner Fant, Jr

Cass County, Texas, USA
Death 11 Dec 1953 (aged 34)
El Paso County, Texas, USA
Burial Red Hill, Cass County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 42347195 · View Source
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First Lieutenant Fant was a Flight Engineer
aboard U.S. Air Force B-36D 'Peacemaker'

The pilot was attempting to land at Biggs Air
Force Base when they struck Franklin
Mountain, near El Paso, Texas.

Investigators believed the pilot mistook
nearby El Paso Municipal Airport for his
intended runway and the giant six propeller,
four jet engine powered bomber struck it's
wingtip into the mountainside in snowy, low
cloud cover weather conditions.

The crash killed all aboard.

The B-36 was on a flight from Carswell Air
Force Base, Fort Worth to Biggs.

The men killed were:

Lt. Col. Herman Gerick A/C Cmdr.
Maj. George C. Morford pilot
Maj. Douglas P. Miner Navigator
1st Lt. James M Harvey, Jr Flt. Eng.
T/Sgt. Royal Freeman Radio Op.
A1C Edwin D. Howe gunner
A2C Frank Silvestri gunner
T/Sgt. Dewey Taliaferro passenger

7th Bomb Wing, 492nd Bomb Squadron.

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  • Maintained by: Tim Cook
  • Originally Created by: Michelle
  • Added: 25 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 42347195
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for 1LT Cary Buckner Fant, Jr (25 May 1919–11 Dec 1953), Find A Grave Memorial no. 42347195, citing Saint William Catholic Cemetery, Red Hill, Cass County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .