Dyar predicts roadside marker will be a must-see

March 24, 2014

The placement of a memorial marker to remember a World War Two plane crash is likely to become a popular roadside stop for motorists along highway 107 in northern Oconee, in the estimation of the county’s director of veterans’ affairs. Jerry Dyar emceed a Friday afternoon ceremony where the marker was unveiled a mile south of the entrance to the Fish Hatchery. We’ve received estimates of a crowd of between 75 and 125 people present for the remembrance for the five military servicemen who lost their lives in the crash of a B-25 Army Air Corps plane from Mississippi. The plane, headed for the Donaldson Army Air Base in Greenville, crashed into a mountain top the night of March 10, 1943. Among Friday’s touching moments at the ceremony were the comments by highway 107 resident Jack Lombard. As a teenager 71 years ago, Lombard walked to the scene of that crash after school.

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