B-17 Crash, 1943
Posted by: BruceS
N 40° 53.264 W 098° 37.478
14T E 531622 N 4526362
Quick Description: Historical marker located north of Wood River.
Location: Nebraska, United States
Date Posted: 8/29/2006 9:43:38 PM
Waymark Code: WMNXG
Text of the marker is as follows:
August 17, 1943, a B-17F bomber from Kearney, Nebraska, Army Airfield crashed
300 yards south, killing all aboard. The plane was on a routine training flight
before going overseas. Losing their lives were 2nd Lt. Sylvester J. Diebold,
Benton, MO; 2nd Lt. Earnest H. Endemano, Los Angeles, CA; 2nd Lt. John F.
Hickey, Port Henry, NY; SSgt Jimmie McEntire, Wharton, TX; SSgt Albert Pivkul,
West Warren, MA; Sgt. Cyril B. Butler, Crooksville, OH; Sgt. James V. Pollicita,
Bridgeport, CT; and Sgt. Frank E. Sampler, College Park, GA."
Wood River Community Centennial Foundation
Families and Caring Friends
Nebraska State Historical Society
Husker Highway and 150th Road, Wood River