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Jason

San Antonio, TX

#43 Apr 17, 2012
Michael Fitzpatrick wrote:
My father in-law, Maj Richard Stark was a passenger on the KC-135 that crashed killing all on board. There was a Monument constructed and my family would like to view it. While doing research I realized that the unit had been deactivated in 1999. does anyone know what happened to the memorial? Any assistance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Mike, the memorial was moved to Scott AFB which is the new home of the 126th air refueling wing you can google Scott AFB they just did a 30 year memorial last month
Jason

San Antonio, TX

#44 Apr 17, 2012
researcher wrote:
greetings,
an air force reserve KC-135 tanker (a military boeing 707 fuel carrier) blew up over wonder lake, IL on the above date, over 25 years ago. 24 crewmen on board died in the accident. fortunately, no one on the ground was killed.
i am doing research about this incident for a possible web site, and am asking you for help. if you were a witness to this tragic event or the aftermath, or know someone who was, please contact me at: [email protected]
thanks.
Dear researcher, I have all of the original newscasts from that day as well as several photographs and personal interviews if you are interested in them please let me know
Jason

San Antonio, TX

#45 Apr 17, 2012
Angela, here is some bio. On your father
 
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Maj. William S. Dixon, Jr. was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. Commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force in 1968, Maj. Dixon obtained a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
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126th Air Refueling Wing
3/15/2012 - Scott AFB, Ill. -- Thirty years ago this March, a KC-135A Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing exploded while on a routine training mission near K.I. Sawyer AFB in northern Michigan. All 27 people aboard the aircraft were killed, including four aircrew members assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing and 23 members of the 928th Tactical Airlift Group, Air Force Reserves. The accident occurred on Friday, March 19, 1982.
Included below is an article from the May 1982 'Wing Tips,' Volume XXV, No. 5 and biographies from the four aircrew members. Let us not forget these brave men who lost their lives serving their state and nation.
Aircrew Biographies
Maj. William S. Dixon, Jr. was born Dec. 25, 1946, in Detroit, Mich. He attended Central High School in Detroit and received an ROTC scholarship to the University of Michigan where he obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science.
Commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force in 1968, Maj. Dixon obtained a Master's Degree in Political Science from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind.
Maj. Dixon served on active duty for eight years, flying KC-135 tankers in Vietnam and Thailand. A fully qualified instructor pilot, Maj. Dixon entered the Air National Guard in 1976.
He was employed as a captain for Republic Airlines in 1976 and had more than 5,700 military and civilian flying hours to his credit.
Maj. Dixon's service while a member of the Illinois Air National Guard was considered exemplary.
Capt. Kenneth L. Herrick was born in Columbia, S.C., on Jan. 19, 1946. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in 1970.
Capt. Herrick served on active duty as a navigator from 1971 until 1978 at Wurtsmith AFB, Mich. and Eielson AFB, Ala. He joined the Illinois Air National Guard in 1979 and returned to the University of Illinois to study for a Doctorate in Aeronautical Engineering. He had more than 2,300 flying hours to his credit.
Capt. Herrick's service while a member of the Illinois Air National Guard was considered exemplary.
Capt. Robert J. Nicosia was born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 12, 1948. He entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. in 1973 and served as a KC-135 pilot, co-pilot, and instructor pilot until 1978 at Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio.
Capt. Nicosia held Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Central Michigan University. He worked for American Airlines as a flight engineer for several years and entered the Illinois Air National Guard in 1980. He was recently employed as a design engineer in civilian life and had logged more than 2,600 military and civilian flying hours during his career.
Capt. Nicosia's service while a member of the Illinois Air National Guard was considered exemplary.
 
Master Sgt. Richard A. Crome was born on May 14, 1942 in Evanston, Ill. He was a graduate of Amundsen High School and joined the Illinois Air National Guard in 1971.
Master Sgt. Crome was an instructor boom operator with the 108th Air Refueling Squadron where he was employed fulltime as an Air Guard Technician. For two years prior to joining the Illinois Air National Guard, Master Sgt. Crome served in the Air Force as a boom operator at Holloman AFB, N.M. He had flown more than 3,900 hours in his career.
Master Sgt. Crome's service while in the Illinois Air National Guard was considered exemplary.
Jason

San Antonio, TX

#46 Apr 17, 2012
Rodger97321 wrote:
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I think you are confusing parts of different events. There is no Capt. Nicosia among the list of 24 fatalities. I think this crash occurred on March 19th (even though the forum title shows the 23rd).
 
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Capt. Robert J. Nicosia was born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 12, 1948. He entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. in 1973 and served as a KC-135 pilot, co-pilot, and instructor pilot until 1978 at Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio.
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126th Air Refueling Wing

3/15/2012 - Scott AFB, Ill. -- Thirty years ago this March, a KC-135A Stratotanker assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing exploded while on a routine training mission near K.I. Sawyer AFB in northern Michigan. All 27 people aboard the aircraft were killed, including four aircrew members assigned to the 126th Air Refueling Wing and 23 members of the 928th Tactical Airlift Group, Air Force Reserves. The accident occurred on Friday, March 19, 1982.

Included below is an article from the May 1982 'Wing Tips,' Volume XXV, No. 5 and biographies from the four aircrew members.

Capt. Robert J. Nicosia was born in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 12, 1948. He entered the Air Force as a 2nd Lt. in 1973 and served as a KC-135 pilot, co-pilot, and instructor pilot until 1978 at Rickenbacker AFB, Ohio.

Capt. Nicosia held Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Mechanical Engineering from Central Michigan University. He worked for American Airlines as a flight engineer for several years and entered the Illinois Air National Guard in 1980. He was recently employed as a design engineer in civilian life and had logged more than 2,600 military and civilian flying hours during his career.

Capt. Nicosia's service while a member of the Illinois Air National Guard was considered exemplary.

Roger, you need to do better research and get all your facts straight
 
AJH

Berwyn, IL

#47 Apr 17, 2012
There where 27 S.O.B. including Capt Nicosia. God bless them all!
Jason

San Antonio, TX

#48 Apr 18, 2012
AJH wrote:
There where 27 S.O.B. including Capt Nicosia. God bless them all!
Yes I know, my father was one of them he knew capt. Nicosia personally and worked closely with him. every piece of information I have posted on here has come straight from the 126 arw website, you can't get more accurate than that
RISC

Pensacola, FL

#49 Aug 14, 2012
Jason wrote:
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Mike, the memorial was moved to Scott AFB which is the new home of the 126th air refueling wing you can google Scott AFB they just did a 30 year memorial last month
Jason, do you have more info on the crew? I remember we had a very close family friend who was on board to the best of my knowledge. George Nistaco (Spelling of last name ?)

Thanks,
Trevor M.
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Jason

San Antonio, TX

#50 Aug 14, 2012
RISC,
I can check my files I actually went to Scott AFB about a month ago and met all the fine service men and women who serve with the 126th I must say I was deeply moved by their dedication not only to their present but to their past as well
Angela

New York, NY

#51 Aug 14, 2012
Jason wrote:
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Angela, the base at o'hare has been closed I don't know what became of the streets but the street signs were all taken down I was given the ones named for my father and they now hang in my office
Hi Jason,
I have the street sign named for my father as well. It's hanging in my baby's room. Matthew Marsh and Judy Reaves found me and sent it to me :)
Angela
Brian

Norfolk, VA

#52 Sep 27, 2012
Roger Brock wrote:
I knew the pilot of this plane Capt. Nicosia as I had driven his crews out to the aircraft as he was stationed there also.
You mentioned my father in your post. I was wondering if you could help me locate where the cockpit was found. I am going to visit the area and would like to pay my respects.

-Brian
Ray Nicosia

Ypsilanti, MI

#53 Nov 1, 2012
Angela, my brother was the co-pilot, Bob Nicosia, on the plane. I know your dad and my brother were good friends as Bob would often mention him when we talked. I can only understand your loss from the eyes of my neice and nephew who lost their dad that night. I happened across another website that covered the details of the crash. the URL is below.
http://www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/4594/wo...
Nick Birdsall

New Berlin, WI

#54 Nov 5, 2012
Hello, I was a airman of the 928th mobile aerial port flight and worked with the men who lost there lives in that crash .They were coming home from there 2 week deployment in Washington state when they were vectored up to Sawyer K.I due to bad weather at O'hare .I do not remember the exact number of our guys but had several close buddies and knew the rest as teammates and at least friends .If any of you doing research on this accident have any questions about them please let me know @[email protected] This is the first time I have ever done any research on this tragedy and have learned a lot myself .Thanks to all .
Norton

Brookfield, WI

#55 Dec 22, 2012
Brian,
I don't know if you found the information or are still looking for where the aircraft nose crash site was. As best as I remember it was on the west side of Greenwood Rd. south of Center St. I also was one of the 1st group of 126th SPs at the site, spend the night guarding the nose.
Hope this helps.
Brian

Pápa, Hungary

#56 Dec 23, 2012
Thanks for the response. I was able to get a hold of the McHenry County Coroner who took me out to the crash site.

-Brian
Norton wrote:
Brian,
I don't know if you found the information or are still looking for where the aircraft nose crash site was. As best as I remember it was on the west side of Greenwood Rd. south of Center St. I also was one of the 1st group of 126th SPs at the site, spend the night guarding the nose.
Hope this helps.
TERRY D

Elk Grove Village, IL

#57 Feb 11, 2013
I VEIWED THE WRECKAGE OF THIS AIRCRAFT WHEN I WAS A MEMBER OF THE IANG. I ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT THE FINDINGS WERE. SOME OF US IN THE CAM SQUADRON FELT LIKE IT MAY HAVE RESULTED FROM SOME BAD DECISIONS MADE BY OUR SECTION SUPERVISOR AND CHIEF OF MAINT. IT WAS BELIEVED THAT ONE OF THE FORWARD FUEL CELLS LEAKED FUEL TO THE RADAR BAY NEAR THE FRONT OF THE AIRCRAFT CAUSING A FIRE, FOLLOWED BY A SERISE OF EXPLOSIONS. PRETTY MUCH DISINTEGRATING THE AIRCRAFT IN FLIGHT.
I DONT KNOW IF THIS IS TRUE OR NOT. BUT I DO KNOW, THAT IS WHAT I WAS TOLD WHEN I WORKED THERE IN 1984 WHEN I VEIWED THE WRECKAGE DURING MY ORIENTATION TO THE UNIT.
pat finnegan

South Holland, IL

#58 Sep 10, 2013
There is also a monument to those man at the National Cemetery at Fort Sheridan, IL. I was there yesterday. You enter off Sheridan Road.

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