Plane Crash Wreckage Hike Recalls Mount Beacon 6

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Dixie Kiefer on the USS TiconderogaOn Sunday, November 11, 1945, a Navy Beechcraft twin engine transport plane traveling from Curtis Wright Airport in New Jersey to the Quonset Air Naval Air Station in Rhode Island, crashed near the northwest ridge of Beacon Mountain in the Town of Fishkill, New York.

Among the six men who lost their lives that day was Navy legend Dixie Kiefer, Commander of the Quonset Point Naval Air Station, and one of the World War II Navy’s best known figures. On Saturday June 20, 2015 there will be a hike to the site of the crash on Mt. Beacon, were some wreckage remains.

Since this November will be the 70th Anniversary of the crash, a memorial is also being planned by Friends of the Mt. Beacon Six to honor the six men who died on Saturday November 14, 2015.

Friends of the Mt. Beacon plan wreckage dixie keifer crashThe other five men who died that day were Lieutenant Commander Ignatius Zielinski, 45, of Salem, Mass., Lieutenant Paul Lloyd Heinzen, 23, of Colorado Springs, Colo. Lieutenant Junior Grade Hans K. Kohler, 25, of Garfield, N.J., Aviation Machinist’s Mate Clarence Hooper 23, of Greensboro, N.C. and Seaman First Class David O. Wood, 23 of North Franklin, Ct.

Pre-registration is requested by e-mail to or by calling (914) 819-8792. The hike will start promptly at 10:30 am, rain or shine. Participants can should in the parking lot at the intersection Sunnyside and Fairview roads – look for the “Scenic Hudson Fishkill Ridge” sign. Bring plenty of water and bug spray.

You can follow Friends of the Mt. Beacon Six on Facebook.

Photos: Above, Captain DIxie Kiefer, Commander of the USS Ticonderoga giving a farewell address to the crew after having been wounded during Japanese kamikaze attacks on January 21, 1945; and below, the wreckage of plane crash on Mount Beacon, courtesy Friends of the Mt. Beacon Six.

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