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It could be Casey.  Although it seems like from the airstrip at Casey, that the mountains are further away.

You are right, Casey and St Barbara are about 9 miles apart.  I was incorrect when I said Casey was 30 mi. to the SW. 

I have more pictures of both Camps.  I will see if I can nail that down the dirt road or other features.


Because this was before 1956 - should the crash report be in Air Force records at Maxwell?

Also - I submitted a FOIA request to the Army today for information related to the crash and casualties.


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I think you're right, it's up by St Barbara.

They were flying south to north when the accident happened? 

Very interesting, I'm glad you posted it.  In color!

You should do good with Army.

Maxwell wouldn't have anything.  Army crash.

The pilot, his photo is available on e-yearbooks or something, but you have to pay.

Per his fraternity (Drake):

Lt. Gordon M. Duncan, Iowa Delta, '51, in-
fantry liaison pilot in Korea; member of Alpha
Phi Omega and Eagle Scout with Silver Palm;
killed on October 2, 1954, when his plane
crashed with another light plane during a
demonstration for South Korean troops. A "living
memorial" is being set up in his name at Camp
Lowden, Rockford, 111., Boy Scout camp. 

That boy scout camp has a memorial to him in their chapel.

I only did a 30 minute search on newspapers, couldn't find the Captain observer.

Chris B.


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I found a photo online of the Camp St Barbara airstrip from the 1960's that also shows the dirt road on the far mountain.  It was taken from the hill above (NE) the airstrip.

I don't know which direction they were flying when the accident happened, but in the overflight photo they are flying S to N.  They may have turned for another pass before the mishap.  The view in the over flight photo is from NE to SW - across the airstrip toward the dirt road.

The dirt road went up the ridge located here:

38° 1'5.03"N
127° 8'8.26"E

But based on GE imagery its overgrown now.

Thanks for all the help.
I look forward to what the FOIA produces.



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With one crew identified the other popped up.

LA Times 10 Oct 54 reports Capt. James M. Deshler killed in plane flown by Lt. Gordon M. Duncan.


L-19 midair victims 2 Oct 1954 LA Times 10 Oct 54 pg 23.jpg 


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I sent a message to the Army Aircrew website about this thread.  Maybe they'll update the entry for the 2 Oct 54 event.


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Here is another article on the crash. Has a photo of Deshler. 
Found both of their headstones as well.

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Unfortunately the Army Safety Center does not have accident reports prior to 1957, so from 1947 (when the USAF became a separate entity) thru 1956 there is no source I know of for US Army aviation accidents.
Craig AAIR, Aviation Archaeological Investigation and Research http://www.aviationarchaeology.com

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As Craig predicted - the FOIA came back with nothing.

Seems like the team nailed this one down though.

Thanks Again.
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