Ardmore Army Air Field/Ardmore Air Force Base Ardmore, Oklahoma
"All Gave Some-Some Gave All" These men never made it to combat. They died in the process of perfecting their skills as aircraft crewmen and support personnel at the Ardmore Army Air Field and Ardmore Air Force Base. The tragic accidents in which they died changed the lives of their loved ones and close friends forever. These airmen were a vital part of the defense process and gave their all in helping preserve our American freedoms. We dedicate this page to the memory of these men and others who served and trained during both activation periods of the base.
One or more crew members severely injured in crashes at Ardmore may have died weeks or even months later and their names were not available through our information sources. Should this have happened, "To The Unknown" at the bottom of this page is in remembrance of them. If you can contribute information, including pictures, to make this listing complete, please do so. If you want to help find relatives of these men, it will be appreciated. Contact me when you have the information, picture or have a question. Thanks in Advance! Time is Fleeting!
Date of Crash/Site@ Type Of Aircraft Those Who Died Hometown or Station Mar. 14, 1943@ L-3C "Grasshopper" (43-1501) Flight Officer, /Lt. Emil M. Horkavi, 30, flight check pilot Gary, Indiana Flight Officer/Lt. Frank M. Dimond, 29, certification flight Wilmington, California July 12, 1943@ B-26C (41-34770) Marauder Captain Sheldon H. Pierce, pilot Jacksonville, Florida Lt. William M. Lester, 26, co-pilot Safford, Alabama Lt. Joseph E. Murphy, bombardier Waterloo, Iowa Cpl. Paul W. Banks Centerville, Tennessee Sgt. Austin M. Foley Middle Village, New York Sgt. William C. Williams Beaver Meadows, Pennsylvania M/Sgt. Estel B. Johnson (WWI Veteran) Greencastle, Indiana Nov. 17, 1943<@> B-17F (42-5270) Flying Fortress Lt. Leland D. Jewell, 20, co-pilot (Struck by No. 2 propeller at Galveston Army Air Field.) Stevens, Washington Dec. 15, 1943@ B-17F (42-5136) Flying Fortress Lt. Robert W. Smith, 24 Englewood, New Jersey Lt. Wendell R. Wheelock, 25, pilot Baltimore, Maryland Lt. Robert E. Ruebsam, 25 Ocean City, New Jersey Sgt. James R. Wilson, 25, waist gunner Hattiesburg, Mississippi Sgt. Charles E. Freeman, 21 Caddo, Texas FO/Lt. Gaetano Marchese, 20 Lawrence, Massachusetts Sgt. Daniel D. Cote, 29 Chicago, Illinois Lt. George A. Hileman, 20 Washington, DC Lt. Henry A. Post, 22 Fulton, Illinois S/Sgt. Marion K. Himebaugh, 27 Bronson, Michigan Sgt. Willie Glaze, 21 Adger, Alabama Pvt. Deeb A. Jabaly, Jr, 22 Daytona Beach, Florida Nov. 4, 1943@ B-17F(42-3466)Flying Fortress Lt. Derald C. Holland, 24, pilot, (Died two weeks later.) Santa Ana, California Lt. Lee R. Woodall Jr, 21, navigator El Dorado, Arkansas Lt. Frank G. Adair, 24, bombardier Chicago, Illinois Pfc. Clair W. Davidson, 29, radio operator West Lafayette, Indiana Pfc. Andrew J. Matthews, 21, radio instructor Farmington, Missouri Jan. 16, 1944@ B-17F(42-30761)Flying Fortress S/Sgt. Elmo A. Hagen, (Gunnery instructor, hit by stray bullet from another aircraft while in formation at Air-to-Air Gunnery Range near Galveston, Texas.) Kent, Michigan Apr. 24, 1944@ B-17G(42-102786)Flying Fortress Lt. Milton Hansberry, 23, instructor pilot at the controls. Seattle, Washington Lt. Charles H. Boyer Jr., 27, pilot Ft. Worth, Texas Lt. Loren Crites, 25, co-pilot (Previously served in Royal Canadian Air Force.) Cape Girardeau, Missouri Lt. Edward W. Hamlin, 22 Mason, Michigan Cpl. Andrew L. Lasater, 21 Sikeston, Missouri Pfc. Forrest W. Weissert, 28 South Bend, Indiana Cpl. Victor E. Turner, 23 Waterloo, Iowa Pfc. Billie F. Marrs, 20 Paris, Illinois Pfc. Donald G. Petersen, 18 Lansing, Illinois Pfc. Walter O. Dytman, 18 Elmira, New York Cpl. James C. Demetry, 25 Chicago, Illinois Feb. 12, 1944@ B-17F (42-30481) Flying Fortress Captain William R. Heck, 25, pilot Middletown, Ohio Lt. Robert N. Bulloch, 25, co-pilot Cedar City, Utah Lt. Collins O. Gerstner, 24 Minneapolis, Minnesota Lt. Jack L. Rider, 27 Glendale, California Captain Oswald L. Bernich, 28, bombardier instructor Biloxi, Mississippi Sgt. Albert F. Franczyk, 20, oxygen instructor E. Vandergrift, Pennsylvania Cpl. Anthony T. Casino, 21 Follansbee, W. Virginia Sgt. Ray N. Wise, 20 Texarkana, Arkansas Sgt. Leslie C. Hill, 21 Medford, Oregon Sgt. John W. Ashba, Jr., 26 Steubenville, Ohio June 14, 1944@ B-17F(42-29929)Flying Fortress Sgt. Edward M. Ragsdale, radio operator (Died parachuting near Salina, Kansas.) Indianapolis, Indiana Sept. 24, 1944@ B-17G(42-102410)Flying Fortress Lt. Stanley G. Parsell, 20, navigator (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Angola, Indiana Pfc. Melbourne Roy Rieke, 24, top turret gunner (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Burlington, Iowa Cpl. Donald Lynn Cooper, 23, engineer (Died parachuting north of Ardmore.) Los Angeles, California Mar. 19, 1954@ Fairchild C-119F (51-7993) Captain Gene T. Coppedge, 32, pilot Pittsburg, Kansas Lt. Roy C. Kemmerling, 26, co-pilot Pine Grove, Pennsylvania Lt. Henry T. Johnson, 33 S. Portland, Maine Lt. Richard L. Roloff, 24, navigator Iselin, New Jersey S/Sgt. Ernest V. Crabtree, 31 Hawthorne, California A/2C Jon G. Taylor, 18, radio operator Adrian, Michigan Passengers C-119F Army, AirForce, Navy, Marines Pfc. Frederic R. Junghans, Detachment 3, 440th ASU Ft. Benning, Georgia A/B Wayne R. Snodgrass, 42nd AP Squadron Limestone AFB, Maine 3C Gerald A. Baldassaro, Jr. Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/2C Paul H. Springer, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/2C Robert M. Strauss, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC A/3C Joseph A. Valente, Drum and Bugle Corps Bolling AFB, Washington, DC Phillip A. Lavers, USN, "USS Sagamore" (ATA-208) Norfolk, Virginia Roy G. Lambertson, USN, "USS Sagamore" (ATA-208) Norfolk, Virginia Sgt. Raymond L. Hahn, Marine Corps MBNB, Norfolk, Virginia YNSN John S. Hubbard, USN, Flt. A/C Service Squadron 102 Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia SN Allen R. Hillar, USN, Flt. A/C Service Squadron 102 Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia AN James D. Robbins, USN, "USS Briareus" (AR-12) Norfolk, Virginia Aug. 3, 1944@ Truck Accident (half-ton) Cpl. Alfred E. Ott, 35 Waucoma, Iowa Pfc. Jess L. Jones, 19 Germantown, Tennessee Pfc. Maleon M. Stanford, 23 Warsaw, N. Carolina da Pvt. Archie Nimmer, 25, (Died a few days later.) Dermott, Arkansas
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