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B-52 bomber crash, Western Maryland, 1964

A B-52 bomber with a crew of five and two thermonuclear bombs on it crashed in a snow storm on Big Savage Mountain, near Grantsville, Garrett County, on January 13, 1964. The result was a massive search for the location of the plane, and for the crew, four of whom had ejected from the plane. The military were heavily involved in the search and rescue, but the people of Garrett and Allegany joined in to walk through deep snow looking for parachutes, to plough the roads for the search personnel to travel more easily, run telephone line and feed the large number of people participating.

This collection comprises the news stories published at the time by the Cumberland newspapers, the Cumberland Evening Times, Cumberland News, the Cumberland Sunday Times and the Cumberland Times-News and by The Republican from Oakland, Garrett County. Both towns also reported on all commemorative events. In addition there are several in-depth articles about the events, bringing the perspective of time to the story.

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Cumberland Evening Times

Western Maryland Regional Library is grateful to the Cumberland Times-News and The Republican, Oakland, for permission to use their newspapers. We are most grateful for the assistance and material provided by Debbie Hartman and Regina Spiker of George’s Creek Regional Library, Lonaconing; Venessa Stacy and Tiava Beitzel, Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland; Albert Feldstein, Cumberland; Jennifer Keats Curtis and Dan Whetzel for allowing us to reproduce their articles; Julie Fuller for permitting us to use her father and uncle’s article and the Council of the Alleghenies for allowing us to replicate an article from their Journal..

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