30 November 1957 – Capt Benny Lacombe is killed when he unsuccessfully attempts to bail out of Lockheed U-2A, 56-6704, Article 371, 13 miles SE of Laughlin AFB. Ejection seats had not yet been fitted to U-2s at this point. The history of the U-2 program is fraught with fatalities and crashes. “CIA pilots Wilburn S.
Donald Frederick Crane
After meeting his wife Jerry Sue in 1954 while stationed at Laughlin AFB in Texas, Don was assigned to the 492nd Tactical Fighter Squadron at Chaumont, France, then headed to Lakenheath, England, followed by Waco, Texas. In 1967, while at Williams AFB Arizona, Don was tapped for duty in Vietnam. He returned in August of 1968 and was assigned to Williams AFB.
Don retired from the Air Force in April of 1971 and the family then moved to Rancho Palos Verdes, CA. In 2008, Don and Jerry moved to Seal Beach, CA, where they enjoyed life with the family.