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Historical Marker Dedication: 1968 Plane Crash (museum closed)
August 10 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
On August 9, 1968 a plane carrying 31 military passengers and crew members left the Clinton County Air Force Base for completion of an annual two-week active duty training held at Otis Air Force Base, Massachusetts. The transport was assigned on the 907th Tactical Airlift Group, 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing. Just after takeoff, the C-119G “Flying Boxcar” lost power, and the pilot attempted to return to base. The plane crash-landed and caught fire on the Ottie Griffith Farm two miles from the base. Six reservist perished, and many more passengers and rescuers were injured.
Join us at the Denver Williams Jr. Memorial Park in Wilmington, as we commemorate this event and dedicate a Historical Marker in remembrance of the tragic crash of 1968. Dedication will be August 10th, 2019 from 10-11am. Program will begin at 10am, with refreshments being served at 11am. The Museum and Genealogy Library at 149 E. Locust will be CLOSED to celebrate the dedication and allow our volunteers to participate in the ceremony.