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huron1988

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https://www.flickr.com/photos/74795365@N07/albums/72157671565953151

F-86D #51-8437: Crashed 4 miles east of Holly, MI ; December 16, 1954
Pilot – Lt. John Douglas Brown of Cedar Bluff, VA perishes- he is survived by a wife and two young daughters.
Site located by Jeff Benya and Dave Trojan on August 14, 2016

Thanks for all the help on this forum!


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Good job guys, I saw the photos on Flickr before seeing the post here. Glad it wasn't all swampy, though maybe at other times of year it's worse going than what you found?

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Jeff,
We were right on the edge of the open water. The report has the impact being in the water(ice at the time of the crash). According to the report, the engine is still under water. The report pics show a group of 4-5 trees on the edge of the swamp and nothing but fields. We parked the truck, looked at a aerial from the era and saw the trees...a quick GE overlay to get coordinates and voila! We got to the spot and I told Dave we were here but he wanted to go a little further. He finally relented, metal detector was on for less than 5 minutes, and we found the first piece!


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Gratz guys.
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Great find and I like your photos.
You think there's any real big stuff deep in the muck?

Is that machmeter pitot thing an access panel off the wing?

Nice work!
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The pitot machmeter label was from the hose line that goes to the pitot tube. 
Thanks go to Jeff Benya for getting me close to the crash site. I literately turned on my metal detector and on one of my first sweeps of the area I found a piece. We founds lots of small stuff right on the edge of the swamp,. I'm sure the engine is still in the swamp


 
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I'm looking for more info about the Pilot – Lt. John Douglas Brown, from Cedar Bluff, VA
He was survived by a wife and two daughters, ages 1 and 3 years of age at the time of the crash.
I would especially like to obtain a copy of his obituary. 
I want to complete a story about this accident.
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Dave,
I did a search and found a couple of items. Not sure if they will help. His wife passed in 2011. Dave I was not able to find any info. on his daughters.

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he has two tombstones? and he was a mason? 
Brad, Thanks for the search
I believe someone is in touch with one of the daughters. 
but I'm still looking for obit. 
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I believe I gave Jeff the email address for the one daughter I've been in contact with.  If not let me know..she has a lot of information regarding her fathers career and the crash that ended it.
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Tragic military jet crash in Holly remembered by family

By David Trojan, davidtrojan@earthlink.net

On April 8th, 2017 the family of pilot, Lt. John Douglas Brown, who was killed in a 1954 military jet crash near Holly was remembered. Ms Suzanne Brown Ollry, daughter of Lt. Brown and her husband Kevin were present for the unveiling of a commemorative plaque located at the Holly Cloud Hoppers RC Plane Club field in Holly State Rec Area.  After the unveiling, the RC Club did some fly overs in honor of Lt. Brown.  The family had traveled all the way from Maryland to see the plaque and visit the crash site.

The crash site is located on private property about 2 miles away. Last August the crash site was located by Jeff Benya of Michigan Aviation Archaeology and Dave Trojan, an Air Crash Detective.

The F-86D Sabre jet serial #51-8437, crashed December 16, 1954. The pilot, Lt. John Douglas Brown was killed and he left behind a wife and two daughters, ages 1 and 3 years of age at the time of the crash. His service and sacrifice is still remembered by his family who still morns his loss to this day.

Suzanne said: "Though the flame burned bright for a short time, it left a glow in our hearts that will shine forever.”

Lt. Brown was assigned to the 4708th Air Defense Wing (ADW), 575th AD Group, 13th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron (FIS) at Selfridge Air Force Base in Mt. Clemens. His jet aircraft just flew into the ground leaving behind many questions and few answers.  The visit to the crash site helped to bring closure to the family and it was a very moving and inspirational day for all in attendance.

Jeff Benya said: “We were honored to welcome one of Captain Brown's daughters, Suzanne Ollry at the unveiling. She was a year old when her father passed away. After the ceremony, Dave and I guided Suzanne and her husband Kevin to the actual crash site where Suzanne found several new parts that we had not previously uncovered.”

Looking back on this tragic event can serve as a reminder of the past sacrifices made for our nation and for future generations.  

The plaque is on display at the Holly Cloud Hopper flying field located in the Holly Recreation Area in Holly, Michigan. They are located on Mackey Road, about 1/2 mile south of Grange Hall Road.

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Nice job, guys. It always feels good to help a family like this 
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