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Lost Airmen Memorial

Naper, Nebraska

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Lost Airmen of World War II

On August 3, 1944, a C-47 transport carrying twenty-eight men of the U.S. Army Air Forces crashed in a ravine six miles southwest of Naper during a sever storm. There were no survivors. It was the largest single military air disaster in Nebraska history. The plane was in flight from the Bruning, Nebraska, Army Air Field to Pierre, South Dakota, where the men would complete gunnery training before going overseas. A monument in nearby Knollcrest Cemetery Honors their sacrifice.

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Aug. 3, 1944


Capt. Stanley J. Meadows, C-47 Pilot
Capt. Robert K. "Bud" Boyle, C-47 Co-Pilot
Sgt. Orson H. Hutslar, C-47 Crew Chief


Capt. Leslie B. Roberts, Flight Surgeon
F/O John F. Albert
2nd Lt. William F. Acree
2nd Lt. William C. Armstrong
2nd Lt. Millard F. Arnett Jr.
2nd Lt. Herbert A. Blakeslee
2nd Lt. Jack L. Brown
2nd Lt. Richard E. Brown
2nd Lt. James C. Burke
2nd Lt. George E. Boeckmann
2nd Lt. Donald C. Clarkson
2nd Lt. Arthur Johnson
2nd Lt. Lloyd C. Hemphill
1st Lt. Clayton R. Jolley
1st Lt. Leonard R. Jolley
2nd Lt. Gerald C. Keller
2nd Lt. Jack E. Lytle
2nd Lt. Robert E. Nesbitt Jr.
2nd Lt. Bernard W. O'Malley
2nd Lt. Anthony J. Paladino
2nd Lt. Bruce S. Patterson
2nd Lt. Lelan A. Pope
2nd Lt. Charles V. Porter
2nd Lt. Pat N. Roberts Jr.
2nd Lt. Lavon Sehorn

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