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Tucson City Council set to approve commemorative naming of the Kolb and Sabino Canyon Road Bridge

Posted at 5:35 PM, Dec 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-18 12:06:52-05

Tucson City Council will vote Tuesday to approve naming the Kolb Road and Sabino Canyon Road Bridge in honor of fallen soldiers. 

The accidental discovery of a military artifact caused three men to spearhead this memorial. 

Last July, three veterans found a round from a 50 caliber gun over 70-years-old.

"Found it near the Tanque Verde loop area so that is what got us on the search for history that got us we found out about the accident," said Bill Davidson, a member of Detectors Unlimited. 

 

 

The accident they discovered was back in November 1944 when two B-24 Liberator Bombers collided into the Pantano Wash killing all 18 airmen on board. 

"They are 1,500 feet in the air, turning into the sun and they are blinded, got out of formation, a couple of them crashed into each other either side of the Pantano Wash and we remembered they are building a bridge across that," said Ray Villalobos, another member of Detectors Unlimited. "A whole lot of people were getting killed in training just getting ready to go over and fight. So those guys don't get a lot of recognition so this is really about giving recognition to the people that died in training."

The bridge is set to open early next year. 

Tucson City Council will be voting to approve the Airmen Memorial Bridge on Tuesday.