SSGT Michael Altamirano, Jr

Photo added by Tim Cook

SSGT Michael Altamirano, Jr

  • Birth 10 Mar 1925 California, USA
  • Death 16 Nov 1949 San Joaquin County, California, USA
  • Burial Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 97729497

Staff Sergeant Altamirano was a radio operator 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 at
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. S/Sgt. Altamirano 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.

Burial location provided courtesy of
Janice Hollandsworth


Inscription

CALIFORNIA
S SGT 92 AF BOMB WING
WORLD WAR II

Gravesite Details Entered the service from California; ___ ASN 19318511

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  • Created by: Tim Cook
  • Added: 24 Sep 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 97729497
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Michael Altamirano, Jr (10 Mar 1925–16 Nov 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 97729497, citing Calvary Cemetery, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Tim Cook (contributor 46481904) .