Incident Boeing B-52G-80-BW Stratofortress 57-6481,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48290
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Date:Wednesday 20 December 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52G-80-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:42th BW /72nd SW(P) USAF
Registration: 57-6481
MSN: 464186
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:16 km SW of Nakhon Phanom [17.30 N, 104.50 E]; -   Thailand
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)
Destination airport:Nakon Phanom RTAFB, Thailand
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Departed Anderson AFB, Guam as “Brass 02” of a 3-ship Cell. Over North VietNam on the final target run EWO advised of SA-2 uplinks, which we could see from the cockpit. We held course and released our payload on target. Immediately after release we broke into the post-target turn, during which we suffered heavy damage from the first SAM. We do not believe we were struck by the SAM, but received major shrapnel damage, taking out all electrical power on the airplane. Within seconds, the second SAM exploded causing more damage (perhaps to the tail section, since we lost the use of rudder and elevator control. We discovered the speed brakes could be used for rudimentary pitch control. We had picked NKP Thailand as an emergency divert base, and the nave gave us a spot-on heading (for the whisky compass!). Eventually we lost altitude from 36k to 10k. During the 40-minute “powered glide” with several engines out, we had 2 crew members announce our intention to head for NKP where we would bail out. The entire crew was recovered, with one crew member taking a “cab” to the base.
Pilot: Capt John D. Ellinger
Co-Pilot: Capt Larry Casazza
Radar Navigator: Major Charles Archie
Navigator: 1st Lt Robert Clement
EWO: Major Silverio Barroqueiro
Gunner: TSgt George Schryer



Capt Silverio A. Barroqueiro, EWO B-52G. Photo taken at the Pentagon 1975.

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
04-Nov-2009 05:56 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 10:34 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 19:37 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total occupants, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Mar-2013 14:14 Anon. Updated [Embed code]
31-Jan-2019 20:48 wf Updated [Destination airport]
19-Aug-2020 16:09 Jixon Updated [Operator, Operator]
23-Sep-2020 09:55 Anon. Updated [Photo]
17-Dec-2020 09:31 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
01-Aug-2022 06:09 J.D. Ellinger, Pilot Updated [Narrative]

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