B-52 Crash Site Marker
This memorial was built to honor seven men who were killed when a B-52 Bomber crashed at this location on September 16, 1958. The bomber took off from Loring Air Force Base in Maine with eight crew members who were part of a Cold War-era training simulation. Only one of the crewmen survived the fiery which also led to the destruction of a farmhouse and barn. The marker memorial was dedicated on September 14, 1996, thanks in large part to the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame and local aviation historians.
Backstory and Context
A marker at this point was made to remember the crew. Of those present on the crash were Captain Wm. C. Horstman, pilot, Kansas City, MO
Captain Richard J. Cantwell, navigator, Phoenix, AZ
Major S. O. Gillespie, Jr., radar observer, Atlanta, GA
1st Lt. Wm. F. Huskey, engineer, Norman, OK
T/Sgt. Leon R. Lew, tail gunner, Skokie, IL
Captain James D. Taylor, instructor, Dixon, KY
Captain Benard D. Lanois, instructor, San Diego, CA
The reprecussions of the event included better safety of ejection although the military at the time kept the event quiet. The family was compensated for their loses and recovered from their injuries.