Historic Markers Across Georgia

Aviation Tragedy

Marker ID: [unattributed] 
Location: 702 Old Peachtree Rd opposite Northlake Dr
County: Gwinnett
Coordinates: N 34° 00.327    W 084° 03.664
  34.00545    -84.06106666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WM43H
Aviation Tragedy Marker  


In the evening hours of December 6, 1953 four F-84D jet aircraft of 128th Fighter Bomber Squadron of the Georgia Air National Guard crashed near this site. They were returning from a routine weekend training flight from the Miami area when they encountered unexpected weather and altitude awareness problems as they prepared to land at Dobbins AFB near Marietta, Georgia. All of the pilots perished. No one on the ground was injured although the impact destroyed the home of the Ernest Brooks family that by chance were not home. After the accident the United States Air Force changed the design of the altimeter, the instrument used to determine altitude, making it easier to read. This change probably saved many lives in the future.

The pilots were Captain Idon M. Hodge Jr., 1st Lieutenant Samuel P. Dixon Jr., 1st Lieutenant Elwood C. Kent, and 2nd Lieutenant William A. Tennent.