The tragic end of the final flight of C-119 #52-5894 is
well-documented on the Internet. The plane struck the roof of
a house in Huntingdon, Tennessee on February 26, 1954 and the plane
crashed. The crew of four was killed and two persons on the
ground (Freeman Taylor, age 22, and Homer Demoss, age 72) were badly
"The crew left Fort Benning-Lawson AFB in Columbus, Georgia, at
1334LT on a training flight to Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama. The
training program consisted of approaches, touch and goes and
landings. After takeoff from Fort Benning, the captain decided to
modify his schedule and flew to the northwest to Huntingdon,
Tennesse, where he came from. This city is more than 300 miles
northwest from Fort Benning. Approaching Huntingdon, the captain
reduced his altitude and completed a first low pass over the city.
Few minutes later, at a speed of 230 knots, he made a second low
pass over the city when the plane hit the roof of a house and
disintegrated on a field. All four crew members were killed...."
"The aircraft disintegrated as a result of stress applied beyond
the designed load limits. Inspection of the engines disclosed no
malfunction of the power recovery turbines. The pilot violated
several procedures by operating an aircraft in a careless and
reckless manner, by flying over a congested area at less than 2,000
feet above the highest obstacle within a radius of 2,000 feet, by
disregarding established boundaries of the local flying area and
proceeding to a point approximately 170 nautical miles outside of
the prescribed flying area while operating on a local flight
clearance. In addition, the pilot failed to follow instructions for
accomplishing scheduled crew training published by squadron training
directive and as briefed by the Squadron Operations Officer. The
pilot had made two extremely low and high speed passes over the town
of Huntingdon." [Source: Bureau of Aircraft Accidents]
An excellent source to find detailed information about this
crash, visit www.sammcgowan.com.
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Fatalities (alpha order)
- Jenkins, 1Lt. Jack Clark (pilot)
- Levy, A3c Franklin Delano (student flight engineer)
- Peachey, 2Lt. John Charles (co-pilot)
- Probus, A2c David Alvin (student flight engineer)
Bios of the Fatalities
Jack Clark Jenkins
Jack was born on August 20, 1929 in Tennessee, son of Jack
Tuggle "John" Jenkins (1879-1942) and Mabel Clark Jenkins.
Jack, who was unmarried, is buried in Dixon Springs Cemetery,
Dixon Springs, Smith County, Tennessee. Jack was a
graduate of Huntingdon High School and then graduated from
Bethel College in 1951.
Franklin Delano Levy
Franklin was born August 10, 1933, son of Mary Edith Levy
(later Wineland) (1914-1999). He is buried in Bonner
Chapel Cemetery, Tichor, Arkansas County, Arkansas. He was
John Charles Peachy
John was born December 3, 1928. He is buried in DeAnn
Cemetery, Prescott, Nevada. His parents were Mr. and Mrs.
Albert Peachey of Prescott. There is an Albert B. Peachey
(1897-1988) and his wife Keron Peachey (1906-1982) also buried
in DeAnn Cemetery. They are likely his parents.
Other Peacheys are buried in the same cemetery.
David Alvin Probus
David was born April 24, 1933 in Indiana. His parents
were Vernon C. Probus (1904-1962) and Julia L. Pasek Probus
(later Mrs. Bert Seifert) (1910-1978). His siblings were
Robert V. Probus (1924-2000) and Betty Lee Probus Gossman
(1925-1995). David is buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Hammond,
Lake County, Indiana.