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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 176443
Last updated: 6 April 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
Owner/operator:56th WRS, United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 48-122
C/n / msn: 16003
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:6 mi E of Ishikawa -   Japan
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Yokota AB, Japan
Destination airport:Ishikawa
This aircraft was orginially built as B-50D-105-BO, but later converted to WB-50D weather recon aircraft.

Meteorology observation airplane crashed and burned on montainside about 1 hour after take off.

All 11 crew members were killed in the crash:
Capt John R. Willis
1Lt Robert W. Blanton
1Lt William L. Hesse
1Lt Howard S. Kelly
2Lt Lawrence K. Draper
MSgt Claude M. Burgess
MSgt James W. Fields, Jr.
TSgt Vernon W. Powell
A1C Edward L. Armstead
A3C Alfred Campbell, Jr.
A3C Barney Jablonski


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 8 September 1960, p1

Revision history:

27-May-2015 17:55 TB Added
19-Nov-2017 10:42 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2020 17:31 Tetrapack Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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