Aircraft Wrecks in the
Mountains and Deserts of the American West
California Army National Guard Lieutenants
Thomas R. Wolf and Raymond S. Price lost their lives while flying over
the rugged mountains of Ventura County on April 15, 1961. 60% of the
L-19A remains at the site as of 1/29/11. Poison Oak and steep terrain
made reaching the wreckage difficult. Our hiking guide was Marc
McDonald, and we are indebted to him.
California Army National Guard pilot Lt.
Raymond S. Price, though not in uniform, strikes a dramatic pose. Lt.
Price lost his life on 4/15/61 in the crash of a Cessna L-19A in the
rugged mountains of Ventura County north of Fillmore. (Photo courtesy of
Vanessa Price via Marc McDonald)
Marc McDonald and Pat J. Macha stand next to
the wings of a California Army National Guard Cessna L-19A that crashed
on 4/15/61 killing both crewmen. (G.Pat Macha photo)
Pat J. Macha holds a
horizontal stabilizer, note the original red paint faded by time and
fire. (G.P. Macha photo)