In December 1975, David M. Wandel and three of his fellow crewmembers – Capt. Martin E. Graham Jr., Capt. Joseph M. Furda and 1st Lt. Karwin M. Plucker – passed away in a plane crash just south of Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska. There was a memorial dedicated to the Ellsworth based crew in June 1976. Eventually, the plaque was found in the South Dakota Air and Space Museum’s inventory.