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Terry Alan Jones, A1C, USAF (Fallen)September 17, 1938 – September 11, 1959
Terry was a member of the 4520th Operations Squadron. No other information was available as of this post.
Unknown Type Of HelicopterNellis AFB, NV.11 September 1959
Arizona Republic (Phoenix, Arizona)Saturday, Sep 12, 1959, page 3
Grand Canyon Rescue Pilot Killed In Helicopter Crash
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (AP) – A helicopter from Nellis Air Force Base crashed and burned on the desert 20 miles northwest of here yesterday. All three men aboard were killed.
The base said a flight of jets spotted the burning wreckage shortly after noon. There was no explanation for the crash, which occurred on a training flight.
The victims were 1st Lt. Ronald R. Riggs, 25, the pilot; Staff Sgt. Harland V. Mills, 22, and Airman 1/c Terry A. Jones, 20. All lived in Las Vegas.
Riggs had taken part in a numerous rescue missions including the rescue of a Milwaukee couple stranded in the Grand Canyon. Verne Read, 37, Milwaukee department store executive, fell while exploring Elves Chasm in the canyon. He suffered a broken back and fractured skull.
The helicopter piloted by Riggs dropped down into the 4,000-foot deep gorge and landed on a sandbar. It picked up Read and his wife, who had been on a boating-packing trip in the canyon, and took them to a Las Vegas hospital.
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