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JimRowan

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I went back there 3 times after me and Don were there, and each time I placed a coin on the headstone, and every time I went back the coin was gone.
If you ever go on the MC McClellan AFB and go to the Air Museum you will go by some of the old base housing.
FYI you notice the streets are named Rafferty, Luce and Larson. I lived at 5700 Rafferty from 1959-1961.
They made a Hall on base for the enlisted men and named it Rafferty Hall and it had a nice Brass Plaque out front, dedicated to M/SGT Rafferty. The hall is still there, but the Plaque is gone and it is used for some other purpose now, but it is stilled named Rafferty Hall. ~~~Jim
clarkaw

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Is the "Raffety’s Last Flight" by Robert Koch on the board? I wasn't able to find it.
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WDV

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Hi... an uncle I never met (my father's youngest brother) was one of the casualties of the Hobart Mills crash. I tried to click on the GPS link, but alas it's gone. (I was able to find the bridge on Google Maps.) Could someone please pass along that information, and other related details? Thanks.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=38904567
djordan

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WDV,

Here is a 30 minute long video I made of my last trip to the Hobart Mills crash site.  You many be interested in viewing it.




I am also very interested in Metal Detecting, and was using the detector on this trip to find other wreckage.  I made this video two years ago. The quality of the video is not as good as I thought it would be.  It was recorded in HD, but somehow that was lost in the uploading process.

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Enh, sometimes YouTube scrunches a bit too much. I can check this out when I get somewhere with WiFi, thanks. I'm still interested in those GPS coordinates...
djordan

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There isn't just one spot for finding the Hobart Mills crash site.  I have searched the area six or seven times now.  It has been a yearly trip for me for the last few years.  I've documented every pieces of wreckage I could find.  There are only little pieces scattered over a very wide area.  I've determined that most of the wreckage was removed by the construction crews who built the new highway.  I have found things like earphones, fuel valves, the right engine pieces, piano hinges, wing parts, trim tabs, and other things, all scattered more than 100 yards apart.  The largest pile of wreckage was the site where the engine came down.  I think I documented that in this video.  That site is about 100 feet off the highway.  I would not have found it without the metal detector.  There are still lots of engine pieces buried there.  I'll see what I can do about the GPS coordinates for you.  You can contact me by email.  It's on my profile page.
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WDV

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I'm talking about the information that was at the link listed above; it was dead when I tried it. Thanks though. (I'll have to go somewhere with WiFi to watch the video.)
djordan

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The links on my posts were for the web page that I maintained for many years.  It promoted our book, "Aircraft Wrecks...". But the book is now out of print.  So I discontinued the web page.  However, the email address is still valid.  Contact me at don@donrjordan.com for more information.

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