Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Ardmore, Oklahoma
"All Gave Some-Some Gave All" These men never made it to combat. They died in the process of perfecting their skills as aircraft crewmen and support personnel at the Ardmore Army Air Field and Ardmore Air Force Base. The tragic accidents in which they died changed the lives of their loved ones and close friends forever. These airmen were a vital part of the defense process and gave their all in helping preserve our American freedoms. We dedicate this page to the memory of these men and others who served and trained during both activation periods of the base.
Remembrance Memorial Park, located just inside the entrance to Ardmore Industrial Airpark, was established June 17, 2000 to remember 77 US Army personnel and six American Flyers Airline crew members killed in the crash of a Lockheed L-188C Electra, April 22, 1966. On Memorial Day, May 26, 2003, members of air crews and support personnel killed during WWII and the Korean Conflict while stationed at Ardmore were remembered. Two granite monuments with the names of each victim, honor those who gave their all to preserve our American Freedoms.
One or more crew members severely injured in crashes at Ardmore may have died weeks or even months later and their names were not available through our information sources. Should this have happened, "To The Unknown" at the bottom of this page is in remembrance of them. If you can contribute information, including pictures, to make this listing complete, please do so. If you want to help find relatives of these men, it will be appreciated. Contact me when you have the information, picture or have a question. Thanks in Advance! Time is Fleeting!
Date of Crash/Site@ Type Of Aircraft Those Who Died Hometown or Station Mar. 14, 1943@ L-3C "Grasshopper" (43-1501) Flight Officer, /Lt. Emil M. Horkavi, 30, flight check pilot Gary, Indiana Flight Officer/Lt. Frank M. Dimond, 29, certification flight Wilmington, California July 12, 1943@ B-26C (41-34770) Marauder Captain Sheldon H. Pierce, pilot Jacksonville, Florida Lt. William M. Lester, 26, co-pilot Safford, Alabama Lt. Joseph E. Murphy, 23, bombardier-also navigator Waterloo, Iowa Cpl Paul W. Banks, 23 Centerville, Tennessee Sgt. Austin M. Foley Middle Village, New York Sgt. William C. Williams Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania M/Sgt. Estel B. (Bee) Johnson, 43, (WWI Veteran) Greencastle, Indiana, bur. Clinton Falls Cemetery, Putman County, Ind. Nov. 17, 1943@ B-17F (42-5270) Flying Fortress Lt. Leland D. Jewell, 20, co-pilot (Struck by No. 2 propeller at Galveston Army Air Field.) Stevens, Washington Dec. 15, 1943@ B-17F (42-5136) Flying Fortress, Lt. Robert W. Smith, 24 Englewood, New Jersey Lt. Wendell R. Wheelock, 25, pilot Baltimore, Maryland Lt. Robert E. Ruebsam, 25 Ocean City, New Jersey Sgt. James R. Wilson, 25, waist gunner Hattiesburg, Mississippi Sgt. Charles E. Freeman, 21 Caddo, Texas FO/Lt. Gaetano Marchese, 20 Lawrence, Massachusetts Sgt. Daniel D. Cote, 29 Chicago, Illinois Lt. George A. Hileman, 20 Washington, DC Lt. Henry A. Post, 22 Fulton, Illinois S/Sgt. Marion K. Himebaugh, 27, substitute for a sick gunner. Bronson, Michigan Sgt. Willie Glaze, 21 Adger, Alabama Pvt. Deeb A. Jabaly, Jr, 22 Daytona Beach, Florida Nov. 4, 1943@ B-17F(42-3466)Flying Fortress Lt. Derald C. Holland, 24, pilot, (Died two weeks later, Borden Army Hospital, Chickasha, OK.) Santa Ana, California Lt. Lee R. Woodall Jr, 21, navigator El Dorado, Arkansas Lt. Frank G. Adair, 24, bombardier Chicago, Illinois Pfc. Clair W. Davidson, 29, radio operator West Lafayette, Indiana Pfc. Andrew J. Matthews, 21, radio instructor Farmington, Missouri Jan. 16, 1944@ B-17F(42-30761)Flying Fortress S/Sgt. Elmo E. Hagen, 34, (Gunnery instructor, hit by stray bullet from another aircraft while in formation at Air-to-Air Gunnery Range near Galveston, Texas.)> Kent, Michigan Apr. 24, 1944@ B-17G(42-102786)Flying Fortress Lt. Milton Hansberry, 23, instructor pilot at the controls. Seattle, Washington Lt. Charles H. Boyer Jr., 27, pilot Ft. Worth, Texas Lt. Loren Crites, 25, co-pilot (Previously served in Royal Canadian Air Force.) Cape Girardeau, Missouri Lt. Edward W. Hamlin, 22, bombardier Mason, Michigan Cpl. Andrew L. Lasater, 21, gunner Sikeston, Missouri Pfc. Forrest W. Weissert, 28, assistant gunner-engineer South Bend, Indiana Cpl. Victor E. Turner, 23, radio operator Waterloo, Iowa Pfc. Billie F. Marrs, 20, assistant radio operator Paris, Illinois Pfc. Donald G. Petersen, 18, gunner Lansing, Illinois Pfc. Walter O. Dytman, 18, gunner Elmira, New York Cpl. James C. Demetry, 25, radio instructor, aboard as passenger. Chicago, Illinois Feb. 12, 1944@ B-17F (42-30481) Flying Fortress Captain William R. Heck, 25, pilot Middletown, Ohio Lt. Robert N. Bulloch, 25, co-pilot Cedar City, Utah Lt. Collins O. Gerstner, 24 Minneapolis, Minnesota Lt. Jack L. Rider, 27 Glendale, California Captain Oswald L. Bernich, 28, bombardier instructor Biloxi, Mississippi Sgt. Albert F. Franczyk, 20, oxygen instructor E. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Cpl. Anthony T. Casino, 21 Follansbee, W. Virginia Sgt. Ray N. Wise, 20 Texarkana, Arkansas Sgt. Leslie Clay Hill, 21, gunner Medford, Oregon Sgt. John W. Ashba, Jr., 26 Steubenville, Ohio June 14, 1944@ B-17F(42-29929)Flying Fortress Sgt. Edward M. Ragsdale, 22, radio operator (Died parachuting near Salina, Kansas.) See Life Magazine, page 32. Indianapolis, Indiana Sept. 24, 1944@ B-17G(42-102410)Flying Fortress Lt. Stanley G. Parsell, 20, navigator (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Angola, Indiana Pfc. Melbourne Roy Rieke, 24, top turret gunner (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Burlington, Iowa Cpl. Donald Lynn Cooper, 23, engineer (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Los Angeles, California Mar. 19, 1954@ Fairchild C-119F (51-7993) Captain Gene T. Coppedge, 32, pilot Pittsburg, Kansas Lt. Roy C. Kemmerling, 26, co-pilot Pine Grove, Pennsylvania Lt. Henry T. Johnson, 33 S. Portland, Maine Lt. Richard L. Roloff, 24, navigator Iselin, New Jersey S/Sgt. Ernest V. Crabtree, 31 Hawthorne, California A/2C Jon G. Taylor, 18, radio operator Adrian, Michigan Passengers C-119F Army, AirForce, Navy, Marines Pfc. Frederick R. Junghans, Detachment 3, 440th ASU Ft. Benning, Georgia A/B Wayne R. Snodgrass, 42nd AP Squadron Limestone AFB, Maine 3C Gerald A. Baldassaro, Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/2C Paul H. Springer, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/2C Robert M. Strauss, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/3C Joseph A. Valente, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC Phillip A. Lavers, USN, "USS Sagamore" (ATA-208) Norfolk, Virginia Roy G. Lambertson, USN, "USS Sagamore" (ATA-208) Norfolk, Virginia Sgt. Raymond L. Hahn, Marine Corps MBNB, Norfolk, Virginia YNSN John S. Hubbard, USN, Flt. A/C Service Squadron 102 Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia SN Allen R. Hillar, USN, Flt. A/C Service Squadron 102 Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia AN James D. Robbins, USN, "USS Briareus" (AR-12) Norfolk, Virginia Aug. 3, 1944@ Truck Accident (half-ton) Cpl. Alfred E. Ott, 35 Waucoma, Iowa Pfc. Jess L. Jones, 19 Germantown, Tennessee Pfc. Maleon M. Stanford, 23 Warsaw, N. Carolina Pvt. Archie Nimmer, 25, (Died a few days later.) Dermott, Arkansas
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