Commemoration of B-29 Crash in Perkinsville VT

Newspaper Paper Photo of Crash

The 70th Anniversary commemoration of the B-29 crash on Hawks Mountain in Perkinsville VT will take place on June 17th.  The ceremony will remember the lives of the 12 airmen who perished in the crash on June 17th, 1947.  The plane was on a training mission flying from Arizona to Bedford MA but lost its way in a heavy rainstorm.  At about 1000 feet, the B-29 circled Perkinsville it was flying so low the engines shook windows and aroused the residents.  Moments later the plane crashed and sent up eerie flashes of light. Springfield firemen, and townsfolk raced up Hawk’s mountain, but it took hours to reach the tragic scene. There was no sign of life and victims were severely burned.  All that could be done was to move the bodies.

The ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm on the Perkinsville Green followed by a hike to the crash site.  A documentary video of the dedication of the historical marker placed on the green in 2007 can be viewed in the vestry of the Perkinsville Church for those not taking the hike and refreshments will be served.  For more information, call 802-885-9517.

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