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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, Cumberland Sunday Times and 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.

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 the Journal of the Alleghenies. A map of the area with the flight path, and location of the crewmen was made available by John Josselyn of Buzz One Four.

Use the browse feature to read the stories in chronological order, as they were reported or published. Use the search to find a story about a particular person or place.  Use simple terms  - last name only, for example, as the newspaper may have used initals or given a nickname which makes searching difficult.

For other stories on the B-52 crash and maps of the area, see Buzz One Four . A map of the B-52 crash area with location of the five crewmen was provided by Buzz One Four.  The Grantsville Community Museum has information on plans for the July 2014 B-52 Crash - 50th Anniversary Commemoration.

 
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