On August 9, 1968, reservists from the 907 Tactical Airlift Group of the 302nd Tactical Airlift Wing stationed at the Clinton County Air Force Base (CCAFB), left to finish their annual two-week summer active duty training. The third and the last flight was a C-119G (Flying Boxcar) headed for Otis AFB in Massachusetts.
Tail number 53-4159.
Just after take, the transport began to loose power and crashed on the Griffith Farm on Berlin Road.
Six airmen reservists, out of twenty-five aboard were killed. TSgt Hansford of Wilmington left behind a wife and three small children, ages 9,7and 4. Carolyn (Cari) Hansford Middleton is the middle child.
To honor her father and the Five other reservists who gave their lives on this day, Cari Middleton applied for, and was approved, to receive an Ohio Historical Marker to commemorate this event.
Reservists killed in the crash:
TSGT. WILLIAM B. HANSFORD
SGT. ERNEST L. AREHART
SGT. RICHARD N. HALL
SGT. DAVID A. HUSINGA
A1C. PAIL U. RUSCHAWS
A1C. MICHAEL L. WIFORD
This marker project was one of only 27 markers accepted in 2018 out of 63 applications. With an anticipated marker cost of more than $3,600, Cari is raising funds to pay for the bronze marker.
If you would like to donate, Please make a check payable to:
Clinton County Historical Society
PO Box 529
Wilmington, OH 45177
For more information or to ask questions please contact
Tom McVey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Or Cari Middleton at email@example.com
Remittances should have at the bottom of the check “Aug 1968 Crash” this will identify the purpose of the donation. They are the depository for the funds and are a 501C3.