Mid-air collision Accident Boeing B-52D-35-BW Stratofortress 56-0669,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48328
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Date:Thursday 21 December 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52D-35-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:306th BWg /43rd SWg USAF
Registration: 56-0669
MSN: 464040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Unknown, Laos -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
While deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, during Operation "Linebacker II" on December 21–22, 1972, the 306 BW sustained a combat loss when B-52D, AF Serial No. 56-0669, call sign "Straw 2", was hit by a SAM-2 surface-to-air missiles after attacking the Gia Lam railway repair shops east of Hanoi.

Despite heavy damage, Straw 2 attempted to divert to Thailand. The aircraft crossed into Laos and became uncontrollable, and all crew members except the radar navigator ejected/bailed out, and were rescued

Crew: 43rd SW. All six were ejected, but only 5 rescued.
Rad/Nav: Maj Frank Gould USAF killed.
Capt Vincent Russo survived
Capt James Farmer survived
Lt Deverl Johnson survived: He was killed in the crash of a West Wings Beechcraft C-99, Flight 628, commuter aircraft mid-air collision with light aircraft over San Luis Obispo, California on Friday 24th August 1984. He had retired from the Air Force and was the Co-Pilot

Plus two other, un-named crew members. The five survivors were all rescued by rescued by USAF SAR 721221



Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2009 15:47 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 09:41 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 20:41 wf Updated [Date]
23-Nov-2020 12:49 Jixon Updated [Operator, Operator]
09-Mar-2022 19:28 PolandMoment Updated [Narrative]

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