Private S. Wayne Dye – Weber County’s 11th Casualty

On May 12, 1942, Private S. Wayne Dye, 31, of 1018 Twenty-Fourth Street was the 11th casualty and also the second to die in a training accident within a month.

He was born on June 22, 1918, to Samuel G. and Lydia Hobson Dye.  He grew up in the Ogden and graduated from Ogden High.  He married Grace Hawkes in November of 1929 and they had one son.

He joined the air corps on December 27, 1941, just three weeks after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.  Private Dye had been at Will Rogers airfield in Oklahoma City, at the time of the accident.

According to the Ogden Standard Examiner, the bomber he was in crashed mid-air with another bomber during a training maneuver.  Four others died in the crash and two parachuted to safety.  Both planes burst into flames on impact.

His body was returned to Ogden on May 15th and was accompanied by a military escort.  His funeral was Saturday, March 15th.  He is buried in the Ogden City Cemetery, next to his wife and his parents.