Army Cargo Plane Crash

© Photographed October 16, 2015
Erected 2005
Blue Mounds State Park
Blue Mounds, Dane County, Wisconsin
43.024437,-89.841032 (entrance to the park)
43.028394,-89.849546 (marker location)
In the late hours of November 25, 1944, a C-47 Army cargo plane en route from Chicago to Minneapolis crashed into Blue Mound 400-500 feet north of this monument. The plane had encountered a winter storm, and burdened by built up ice, was attempting to return to Chicago.

Four young Americans died serving their country in the Thanksgiving weekend accident. We, whose lives are enriched by their ultimate sacrifice, have placed this marker in their memory.
Dedicated May 30, 2005 to the memory of:

Captain Allen L. Swinton, Minneapolis, MN
2nd Lt. John A. Oppreicht, Lynxville, WI
Pfc. John B. Nolan, East St. Louis, IL
Pvt. Stanley A. Schlesinger, Richmond Hills, NY
The marker is located inside Blue Mound State Park, adjacent to the parking lot that is closest to the East Tower. The address for Blue Mound State Park is 4350 Mounds Park Road, Blue Mounds, Wisconsin 53517. 

NOTE: The marker is located inside a fee area and requires a Vehicle Admission Sticker or Daily Use Permit to access.

 The marker is located inside Blue Mound State Park.

 Plenty of signage leading to the marker location . . .

The marker is located in Blue Mounds, Wisconsin.


Unknown said...

is there any book out on this subject?

Wisconsin Historical Markers said...

I don't know . . . . but you could probably Google it!

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