At 4:40 PM, May 7, 1944, a B-25 Mitchell medium bomber, on route from Newark NJ to Kissimmee FL ran into heavy rain and hail over West Chester and crashed on the western edge of Oaklands Cemetery in a huge explosion and fire ball, killing all seven occupants of the plane.
In later years a monument was erected in the cemetery to honor those killed (located at N39d 58.711, W075d 37.201). Stop by and pay your respects to these men who gave their lives in the service of our country.
The cache is a green ammo box that contains a log, various items for trade and copies of the May 8, 1944 Daily Local News report of this gristly incident. Please feel free to take a copy of the report.
NOTE: Oaklands Cemetery is located right next to St. Agnes Cemetery (don't get mixed up) and is open to the public year-long from dawn to dusk. Drive slowly through the area and do not drive off the roads. Feel free to wander through the area on foot. If you have time check out the "Tree Grave" located close to the cache at N39d 58.817 W075d 37.274.
Please let me know if the print outs from the Daily Local have run out so that I can replenish them. If you are interested in having the reprint file just email me.
Thanks to Vartan84 for informing me of two noted individuals buried on either side of the cache location. Author Joseph Hergesheimer of Philadelphia and West Chester native and composer Samuel Barber. Information can be found on both at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Barber and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Hergesheimer. Thanks again to Vartan84 for adding to this cache listing.
Should there be no reprints in the cache, feel free to email me and ask for an electronic copy.