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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48332
Last updated: 18 March 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52D-35-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:307th BWg USAF (307th Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 56-0677
C/n / msn: 464048
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:At-Samat district, Roi Et province, 65 miles north west of Ubon RTAFB -   Thailand
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand
Destination airport:
Crashed July 30 1972 after lightning strike & fire knocked out aircraft instruments & started a fire in the port wing shortly after take off from U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand. Aircraft came down at At-Samat district, Roi Et province, 65 miles north west of Ubon RTAFB

Five of the six Crew were killed:
Capt Thomas W Reasor USAF killed.
Capt Ronald A Ashe USAF killed.
Maj James E Hudelson USAF killed.
Capt David J Price USAF killed.
Capt Joseph L Ruzicka USAF killed.
AG:M/Sgt Eugene C Gries USAF bailed out and survived.

There were some extremely credible reports, never officially published, that the navigator reached the ground alive, but died of wounds before he could be rescued. The radar navigator crashed with the airplane, apparently never actuating the ejection system on his seat.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2009 22:30 JINX Updated
12-Feb-2012 03:22 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
12-Feb-2013 17:31 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
18-Feb-2013 16:28 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
05-Feb-2020 20:36 stehlik49 Updated [Operator, Operator]
01-May-2020 14:26 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
23-Nov-2020 17:40 Anon. Updated [Operator, Operator]

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