Pro­gram ex­plores deadly crash

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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.onei­da­coun­ty­his­


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.

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