Hawkins, William G. (P3, C1, L14)
Master Sergeant William G. Hawkins, 41, of Crestwood, Oldham County, Kentucky, perished on 6 February 1992 in Evansville, Indiana when a Kentucky Air National Guard Lockheed C-130B crashed during a training flight.
At 9:53 a.m., 6 February 1992, a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130B military transport plane crashed at the site of a hotel and restaurant complex, located at U.S. Highway 41 and Lynch Road, less than one mile south of the Evansville Regional Airport while performing routine pilot proficiency touch and go exercises. The crew consisted of an experienced instructor pilot, two co-pilots, a flight engineer, and a load master. The crash and resulting fire killed all five crew members and 11 civilians on the ground – nine in the hotel and two in the adjacent restaurant. In addition to those who died at the scene, one of the emergency responders, an Evansville Police Officer, died 24 February, as a result of injuries he sustained working at the crash site.
The other members of the Kentucky Air National Guard crew killed in the crash were: Captain Warren J. Klingaman, Master Sergeant John M. Medley, Major Richard A. Strang and Second Lieutenant Vincent D. Yancar.
The civilian casualties in the incident were: Darrel D. Arnold; Charles R. Berqwitz; Robert A. Hayes; David W. Horton; Ronnie E. Keown; Matthew J. Prasek; Thomas R. Ruby; John R. Stallings; Harry M. Tenbarge; Matthew Phipps; Lynette Scott and James Gibson, Jr.
Crestwood man killed in military Transport Crash
By Kit Millay Era editor - Oldham Era 13 Feb 1992
Evansville. IND. -A memorial service was held Wednesday for Master Sgt. William Gary Hawkins of Crestwood, one of five crew members killed when a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 B crashed here last Thursday. The crew was performing "touch and go" routine training maneuvers with the 34-year--Old plane at Dress Regional Airport on Evansville's North side. On the third run, the plane plunged into Drury Inn and JoJo's restaurant about a mile south of the airport. Eleven other people were killed-two in the restaurant and nine in the motel. The 41-year--old Louisville native enlisted in the Kentucky Air National Guard on Feb. 4, 1978, and served as a tactical-aircraft maintenance specialist on the RF-4 Phantom Reconnaissance fighter with the 165th Tactical Reconnaissance squadron. He became flight engineer in 1988 the squadron converted to the C-130 B transport and served as a flight-engineer instructor with the 123rd Tactical Airlift Wing. He was also a veteran of the Persian Gulf War. He had logged 832 flying hours in the C 130 B and E models.
Master Sgt. William Gary Hawkins, 41, of Crestwood, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 1992 in Evansville, Ind. in a plane crash during a Kentucky Air National Guard training exercise.
Mr. Hawkins, a native of Louisville, enlisted in the Air National Guard on Feb. 4, 1978, and served as a tactical aircraft maintenance specialist on the RF-4 Phantom reconnaissance fighter with the 165th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron.
He became a flight engineer in 1988 when the squadron converted to the C-130B transport, and served as a flight engineer instructor with the 123rd Tactical Airlift Wing. He also was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War.
A 1968 graduate of Atherton High School, Mr. Hawkins was a member of Crestwood United Methodist Church and an assistant leader of a Boy Scout Troop.