Airmen's group visits local memorials to honor fallen comrades


August 30, 2023

Samantha French

This group photo shows the sixteen motorcyclists and others who came to visit Harlem's Airmen Memorials. The group was met in Chinook by former Harlem Fire Chief Kraig Hansen and Blaine County Museum Director Samantha French. The group had no idea the exhibit was in place and commented, "We saw a lot of photos and information we didn't know even existed."

In early August sixteen Air Force veterans and friends, mostly from the west coast, came to Chinook and Harlem to visit the memorials for the fourteen airmen killed in an air collision north of Harlem. The crash occurred in the early morning hours of November 30, 1992. One of the visitors was a loadmaster (crew member responsible for loading and unloading cargo) on one of the four planes doing a practice refueling exercise in the pre-daylight hours.

November 30, 2023, will be the thirtieth anniversary of the crash. The group contemplated the trip for some time hoping to come to Montana on t...

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