Two new plaques honoring the 18 airmen who died following a mid-air collision of two B-24 Liberator Bombers during a training mission over the Pantano Wash on November 30, 1944, will be unveiled on Friday, March 17, 2017. The new plaques were designed and donated by some of the surviving family members of the 18 airmen.
City Council Member Paul Cunningham, the Tucson Department of Transportation (TDOT) and about 25 surviving family members from across the country will take part in the re-dedication ceremony.
Airmen Memorial Bridge Re-Dedication Ceremony
Friday, March 17, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Airmen Memorial Bridge (Pantano Wash/Kolb Road)
The Airmen Memorial Bridge is part of the roadway improvements to connect Sabino Canyon Road south of Tanque Verde Road to Kolb Road. The ribbon cutting for the new roadway and the dedication of the Airmen Memorial Bridge took place on Thursday, January 5, 2017. Nearly 400 people attended the ceremony marking the opening of the new roadway and bridge.
Following the January ceremony, Kay Rigter of Charleston, South Carolina, whose uncle died in the mid-air collision, worked diligently to further honor the airmen by designing two plaques featuring the individual names of all 18 airmen. Ms. Rigter was able to contact 11 of the 18 airmen’s surviving family members. Those attending the re-dedication ceremony are coming to Tucson from New Mexico, Wisconsin, Colorado, Texas, Illinois, South Carolina and North Carolina.