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B-52 Bomber Crash at Savage Mountain
The B-52D was returning to Georgia from Massachusetts after an earlier Chrome Dome airborne alert to Europe. Near Meyersdale, Pennsylvania, on a path east of Salisbury, Pennsylvania and after altitude changes to evade severe turbulence the vertical stabilizer broke off. The aircraft was left uncontrollable as a result; the pilot ordered the crew to bail out, and the aircraft crashed. The wreckage of the aircraft was found on the Stonewall Green farm. Today, the crash site is in a private meadow of Elbow Mountain within Savage River State Forest, along the public Savage Mountain Trail just north of the Pine Swamp Road crossing.
At the site there is a stone cross that stands on a moss-touched pedestal by a rushing stream. It recalls Gen. Stonewall Jackson's last words: "Let us cross over the river and rest under the trees." Close up, though, the memorial reveals the unexpected. Its simple inscription speaks not of serenity, but of terror in the sky and courage and death in the snow on a long-ago winter day.
Sourceshttp://digital.whilbr.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/p16715coll7 http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1998-05-25/features/1998145065_1_b-52-crash-garrett-county-cross http://www.wbaltv.com/news/maryland/western-maryland/50th-anniversary-of-b52-bomber-crash-remembered/23870486
Barton, MD 21521
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