Accident Boeing B-52C-40-BO Stratofortress 53-0406,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48333
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Date:Thursday 24 January 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52C-40-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:99th BSqn USAF
Registration: 53-0406
MSN: 16885
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Elephant Mountain, Maine (at co-ordinates 45°31′40″N 69°26 -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Westover AFB, Chicopee, MA
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Crashed on January 24 1963 into mountainous terrain after stabilizer shaft broke during low level exercise near Elephant Mountain, Greenville, Maine USA (at co-ordinates 45°31′40″N 69°26′5″W). Seven of the nine crew were killed.

Pilot, Lt. Col. Dante Bulli ejected - landed in tree - broke ankle
Co-pilot, Maj. Robert J. Morrison ejected - killed hitting tree on descent
Navigator Capt. Gerald Adler ejected fractured skull and three ribs were broken.
Lt. Col. Joe R. Simpson, Jr - killed
Maj. William W. Gabriel - killed
Maj. Robert J. Hill - killed
Capt. Herbert L. Hanson - killed
AG: T-Sgt. Michael F. O'Keefe - killed
Capt, Charles G. Leuchter - killed

On the 30th Anniversary of the crash, a special commemorative service was sponsored by the Moosehead Riders Snowmobile Club. Gerry Adler returned to Greenville for the event and went to the crash site for the first time since being evacuated out by a helicopter thirty years earlier. He was honored at several ceremonies. Bulli was unable to attend the event.

A salvaged engine and Adler's ejection seat can be viewed at the Moosehead Rider's Clubhouse. Gravel roads now pass by the crash site, making it a short 400 yard hike to view the wreckage. The remains of this B-52 still are still on the side of Elephant Mountain just outside of Greenville.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
25-Oct-2009 22:17 JINX Updated
13-Jan-2013 12:57 gerard57 Updated [Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
15-Feb-2013 22:48 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 16:36 wf Updated [Cn]
11-Mar-2020 15:46 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]
11-Nov-2020 09:12 gerard57 Updated [Source]
13-Jan-2021 10:42 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
13-Jan-2021 10:42 harro Updated [Category]

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