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Snowden, Lonnie Lawrence Jr. (P2, C4, L17)

First Lieutenant Lonnie Lawrence Snowden Jr. of Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, died in a plane crash on 5 October 1945. He is listed as body not recovered. Snowden enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard in July 1940 joining Headquarters Company of the 149th Infantry. His records show that he had attended one year of college. At the time of his death, Snowden was serving with the 869th Bombardment Squadron, 497th Bombardment Group, 73rd Bombardment Wing. Unofficial documentation places Snowden as copilot on a Boeing B-29A Super fortress (44-61663), "The Fickle Finger of Fate" piloted by Captain Dick Fate.

The aircraft took off on 5 October 1945 from Saipan for Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands on its way home to the States after the end of World War II. Conflicting reports have been found citing an oil leak or a failed engine that caused their decision to return to Saipan where they crashed on Kobler Field, Northern Mariana Islands, during a typhoon or strong cross winds. In addition to the crew lost on the aircraft there were 9 passengers.

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