Sheridan Memorial Park ceremony held on the 70th anniversary, March 12, 2013, at the exact site of the B-17 crash near Sheridan, Ark. The airman to left of American flag is holding a photo of co-pilot Lt. Robert Turchette of Nutley, N.J.
The Sheridan B-17 Memorial Park is located at the actual crash site 5.8 miles north of Sheridan, Arkansas.
While the construction and ongoing upkeep of the Sheridan B-17 Memorial Park is our primary mission, the secondary mission is to clear the record of Pilot George Davis. Local Veterans and area residents believe that 2nd Lieutenant George Davis should not have been held responsible for the loss of his B-17F Flying Fortress and its crew. Rather, he should have been recognized for his valiant efforts in keeping his Flying Fortress airborne while over the Sheridan, Arkansas area. The actions of Pilot Davis and his crew in finding a non-residential area on which to crash land possibly saved the lives of area residents.
The most predominate feature of the park will be a Memorial Wall 33′ wide X 8′ 6″ tall located 130′ from County Road 51 on the east side. The Memorial Wall will have a 29′ wide X 4′ 6″ tall portion which will be inset in the center of the wall. The inset will be black granite and will contain the names and information about the nine airmen. There will be a 2′ white and grey mixed granite border surrounding the inset. The Memorial Wall will be illuminated from dusk to dawn.