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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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