The Independence lake
C-47 crash site, and the placing of the stone.
Cables, which were part of the cargo on this flight, along with
control column and cockpit wiring are still hanging off the rocks at
the point of
impact. The second photo is of the memorial stone just after it
was placed in the cave by the family in 1951. The third photo is
of Richard's family. From left to right are Richie (daughter)
Jean (wife) Cindy (daugher) and Ellen (daughter).
Jean Luse with the memorial stone in 1985. In the group photo
left are Ron (son-in-law), Randy (son-in-law,Cindy's
husband) Richie (daughter) Susan ( Jean daughter) Ronnie (son-in-law,
Richie's husband) Jean (wife), Cindy (daughter), bottom left; Mel
Ellen (daughter), Valerie, Brooke, and Scott (grandchildern). Ron Selin (son-in-law) looking at the radio
parts from the crash site. Next is Richard Luse and his wife Jean
first daughter Ellen (Ron's future wife).
Richard's brother, looking over parts of the plane. The McClellen
Air Force Base has named streets to memorialize fallen crews.
is the corner of Luce and Larson. Larson was the radio operator
on the flight. A street named for Sgt. Rafferty, the pilot, is
on the other end of the block. Street photo courtesy of Jim Rowan.