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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48320
Last updated: 25 March 2021
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Time:04:08 LT
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52D-60-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:346th BSqn /99th BWg attached to 306th BWg USAF (346th BSqn /99th Bomb Wingg attached to 306th Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 55-0103
C/n / msn: 17219
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kadena AB, Okinawa -   Japan
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Kadena AFB, Okinawa, Japan
Destination airport:
Boeing B-52D s/n 55‑0103, call sign "Cream 2" of 346th Bomb Sqn, 99th Bomb Wing attached to 306 BW, Kadena AB, Okinawa 4252th Strategic Wing. During an "Arc-Light Mission" en-route to Vietnam, aborted take‑off from Kadena AB on November 18 1968 and was destroyed by fire.

The B-52 left the end of the runway and traveled down a grass embankment, hit a large ditch, and came to rest on Kadena AB inner perimeter road, sitting on top of an air force police pick-up truck.(its driver escaped by running down the road!) The wings were torn loose releasing fuel from the wing tanks. Fires started from ruptured hydraulic lines, fuel flowing over hot brakes, and from electrical malfunctions. All 7 Crew egressed on the ground.

Crew: Five survived, three uninjured, two injured (broken leg), two died later of injuries sustained...
William "Billy" Dilworth, Pilot - survived
Capt. Gary B. Sible, Navigator - sustained broken leg, but survived
Alex Damellio, Radar Navigator - sustained broken leg, but survived
Capt Charles David Miller, EWO - Died of injuries several days later on 26th November 1968
Austin J. Decker II, EWO - survived
Al Aroney, Tail gunner - survived
Staff Sergeant Jerry Nixon Scott, crew chief mechanic [306th OM SQDN, 4252nd Strategic Wing]
- on assignment, not normally part of the crew. Died of injuries on 24th November 1968

This was fully loaded and some of the bombs detonated. EOD disarmed the remaining bombs. My father Joseph L Lesch was one of the EOD responders. Locals reported glass windows breaking at their homes.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
09-Aug-2009 12:06 Anon. Updated
29-Oct-2009 13:25 JINX Updated
17-Feb-2013 18:57 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Total fatalities, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Feb-2013 18:58 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
17-Feb-2013 19:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Date, Time]
12-Apr-2014 06:58 Tweety32539 Updated [Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 18:54 wf Updated [Cn]
06-Apr-2020 15:02 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Operator]

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