Robert A McGee, at age eighteen following his completion of
boot camp in 1944. Quarter Master 3rd Class Robert A. McGee was a
passenger on USAAF C-47B #45-1085 when it crashed on 3/19/46 killing all
twenty-six men on board in the High Sierra. ( Photo courtesy Robert L.
Leonard Lydon circa 1944 standing in front of his Eighth Air Force
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt. Len Lydon survived for nine days in October
1941 following his bail out from Curtiss P-40 39-194 over Kings Canyon
National Park on October 24, 1941. He was tragically killed on May 8,
1945 when he landed on a newly captured Luftwaffe base. Col. Lydon
borrowed an army jeep drove off the base, and upon his return failed to
hear a sentry say ”Halt”. The sentry shot Colonel Leonard C. Lydon dead.
We honor his service, sacrifice, and memory. (Photo courtesy the Lydon
Family via Marc McDonald)
2nd Lt. Alfred Parker, Jr.
USAAF sitting in the cockpit of a Lockheed P-38 similar to the P-38G
42-13342 that he lost his life in on 3/31/44 north of Fillmore, CA.
(Photo courtesy of Hilda Lassalette, 2nd Lt. Parker’s sister, via Marc
2nd Lt. Alfred Parker, Jr.
handsome in his USAAF uniform. He was killed on an operational training
mission in which he may have blacked out or lost control of his P-38G on
3/31/44. He crashed in the mountains five miles north of the Ventura
County community of Fillmore on 3/31/44. Less than 1% of the wreckage
remains today. (Photo courtesy of Hilda Lassalette, via Marc McDonald)
U. S. Navy Aviation
Machinist Mate 3rd Class Charles E. Sellers died in the crash of a USN
Beechcraft JRB-4 Bu No 76779 on April 19, 1946. A/MM3c C. E. Sellers was twenty-three years old and married at the time of his death.
The pilot of the ill-fated JRB-4 was Chief Aviation Pilot Rulon J. Skeen
who survived the crash with minor injuries.
The accident occurred at
2120 Hrs. during a flight from Mines Field (now LAX) to North Island
NAS. The cause was a rough running engine to which the pilot failed to
apply carburetor heat. CAP Skeen was attempting to make an emergency
landing at Camp Pendleton Field when his aircraft collided with low
rolling terrain and bushes just east of what is now Interstate 5. The
JRB-4 was damaged beyond repair. (Photo courtesy Mary J. Sellers-Gallagher)
Accident report via Naval History & Heritage Command.
USAAF Assistant Radio Operator Private Vern Bassett Smith
lost his life aboard B-24D 41-24262 on December 6, 1942 along with five
other air crewmen. The accident was caused by an engine malfunction
coupled with heavy clouds and icing conditions near the crash site nine
miles southeast of Stewarts Point, CA. (Photo courtesy Jacquelyn
USAAF Flight Officer Frank J. Pryor and his wife in photo
taken one month before his death in the Crash of B-24J on Mt. Harrison in
Idaho. F/O Pryor was the navigator aboard 41-100050. (Photo courtesy Craig
Fuller via Marc McDonald)