Program explores deadly crash
Local historian Debra Rehm will discuss Walesville jet crash of 1954Saturday in Utica.
UTICA, N.Y. >> On July 2, 1954, two Griffiss Air Force Base pilots on a routine mission were forced to eject from their Starfire jet due to extreme heat in the cockpit. The crash that followed claimed the lives of four people in the small hamlet of Walesville and has been the subject of intrigue and secrecy.
Join Debra Rehm on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m., in the Oneida County History Center’s main gallery, as she uncovers the history surrounding the crash and its impact on this small community.
Rehm is local history enthu- siast. She is actively involved in several area organizations including the Whitestown Seniors, the Mohawk Valley Antique Bottle Club, and local historical societies. She presented her research and images on the crash to the Westmoreland Historical Society and the Clark Mills Historical Society with standing room only in February 2018. Rehm and her husband Joe live in Whitesboro, N.Y. and raise puppies for Freedom Guide Dogs.
For more information, contact the center at 315-735-3642 or visit www.oneidacountyhistory.org.
Debra Rehm will discuss the 1954 crash of a Starfire jet in the hamlet of Walesville at the Oneida County History Center on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at 1p.m.