Accident Boeing B-52D-75-BO Stratofortress 56-0608,
ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48405
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Date:Monday 18 December 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52D-75-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:99 BW/307 SW USAF
Registration: 56-0608
MSN: 17291
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Huu Tiep Lake, Ba Dinh district Hanoi, North Vietnam -   Canada
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:U-Tapao RTAFB,Thailand (VTBU)
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
B-52D Call‑sign "Rose 01" s/n 56-0608 of 99th BW, attached to 307th SW, Westover AFB, MA but on assignment to U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand. Shot down by SA-2 SAM during Operation "Linebacker II" on night of 18/19 December 1972, and crashed at Huu Tiep Lake, Ba Dinh district Hanoi, North Vietnam.

Of the six crew, 2 were kiled, 4 taken PoW:
Pilot/Commander:Capt Hal K Wilson USAF PoW.
Co-pilot:Capt Charles Arthur Brown USAF PoW.
Nav:Capt Richard Waller Cooper USAF killed.
Rad/Nav:Maj Fernando Alexander USAF PoW.
EWO:Captain Henry Charles Barrows USAF PoW.
AG:TSgt Charlie Sherman Poole USAF killed.

The fourcrew taken PoW were released in March of 1973. The wreckage of 56-0908 was left exactly where it crashed, and is still there in 2013, as a War Memorial, also known as "B-52 Lake". To reach B-52 Lake, head out of the City on Phan Dinh Phung until you see a bright red sign on the left that reads "May Bay B-52". Turn down the narrow side street marked by the sign until you reach the lake.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2009 19:11 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 10:08 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
10-Jan-2012 10:09 Uli Elch Updated [Operator]
12-Feb-2012 03:23 Nepa Updated [Operator, Narrative]
18-Feb-2013 17:29 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
15-Mar-2021 18:01 ellie2010 Updated [Country]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description

The Aviation Safety Network is an exclusive service provided by:
Quick Links:

CONNECT WITH US: FSF on social media FSF Facebook FSF Twitter FSF Youtube FSF LinkedIn FSF Instagram

©2023 Flight Safety Foundation

1920 Ballenger Av, 4th Fl.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314