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B24CoPilotNiece

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Hi to All,
This is a “Save The Date” notification for 5 July 2018, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the loss of B-24E #42-7160, July 1943.
Access to San Miguel Island is being permanently closed to the public. Thus, the National Park Service and Santa Cruz Island Foundation is establishing a monument to the crew at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum. The crew families, public, and this wreckchasing group is invited to attend the event. See below information.

[Jana’s note: As some of you may be aware, one of four survivors of my uncle’s crash at Weed, approximately three weeks prior to this accident, was Instructor Pilot Lt Douglas J Thornburg, who was killed in this crash along with 11 others.]
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Save the Date July 5, 2018 - “Salute to the Liberator”

On July 5th, 1943, twelve servicemen of the Army Air Corps, which became the US Air Force, lost their lives in an airplane crash of their B-24 Liberator on San Miguel Island, off the Central Coast of California. The site of the crash was not located until March 19th, 1944. The bomber had been dispatched to find another missing B-24 that was later found 10 miles inland from Santa Barbara. All personnel were members of the 2nd Air Force, 34th Bomb Group, 7th Bomb Squadron stationed at Salinas Army Air Base, Salinas, California.

Because these men have never been honored for their service and sacrifice, the Santa Cruz Island Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum, will hold a memorial in their honor on the 75th anniversary of the crash.

The event, “Salute to the Liberator,” will be held at the Santa Barbara Maritime Museum on July 5th, 2018 from 4PM – 6PM. There will be light refreshments and an unveiling of the monument dedicated to the twelve servicemen who gave their lives. This monument will be a 10ft structure; at the base the names of all twelve servicemen will be listed. On top of the monument will stand one propeller blade that was salvaged from the wreckage.

We sincerely hope that you will join us for this special event. Please let us know if you have any questions. You may contact us at info@scifoundation.org or at 805-220-6414.

Warmest regards,
Santa Cruz Island Foundation

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List of the crew~

Lt Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Command Pilot, from Casa Grande, AZ
FO Vernon Clarke Stevens, ASN T-000376, Pilot, from Cedar Rapids, IA
2nd Lt Floyd P Hart, ASN O-801277, CoPilot, from Bakersfield, CA
2nd Lt Bose Gorman, Jr, ASN O-801453, Navigator, from Winnsboro, TX
2nd Lt Justin M Marshall, ASN O-729643, Instructor Navigator, from Joplin, MO
2nd Lt Noah H Yost, ASN O-736746, Bombardier, from Sacramento, CA
SSgt Bernard Littman, ASN 33283227, Flight Engineer, from Pittsburgh, PA
SSgt Ralph S Masterson, Jr, ASN 18043151, Flight Engineer, from Voth, TX
SSgt Lyle L Frost, ASN 16093784, Radio Operator, from Beulah, WI
SSgt Walter P Eisenbarth, ASN 37312876, Gunner, from Hazelton, ND
SSgt Lee E Salzer, ASN 13108684, Gunner, from Pittsburg, PA
SSgt Henry L Bair, ASN 33292071, Radio Operator, from LaTrobe PA


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Location of SBMM: (at the harbor)

113 Harbor Way, Ste 190, Santa Barbara, CA 93109


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Thanks to Craig Fuller for noticing this news article!

https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/special-reports/outdoors/2018/06/21/world-war-ii-airmen-plane-crash-ventura-honored/705392002/

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Memorial Invitation attached FYI

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