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Last updated: 1 April 2020
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Date:10-SEP-1956
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RB-50G Superfortress
Owner/operator:6091st RS, United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 47-133
C/n / msn: 15817
Fatalities:Fatalities: 16 / Occupants: 16
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Sea of Japan -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Yokota AB, Japan
Destination airport:Yokota AB, Japan
Narrative:
This aircraft was orginially built as B-50B-45-BO, but later converted to a RB-50G with addditional radar and B-50D-type nose.

Officially reported lost on a weather mission for typhoon "Emma", but documents released in 1992 showed that the RB-50G actually failed to return from its inaugural operational ELINT misson as part of the Airborne Communication Reconnaissance Program (ACRP). No trace of the aircraft or the crew was ever found.

The 16 crew members lost with the aircraft were:
Maj Lorin C. Disbrow
Capt Rodger A. Fees
Capt William J. McLaughlin
Capt Partridge P. Taylor
1Lt Peter J. Rahaniotes
2Lt Richard T. Kobayashi
TSgt Palmer D. Arrowood
SSgt Raymond D. Johnson
SSgt Paul W. Swinehart
SSgt Tehodorus J. Trias
A1C John E. Beisty
A1C William H. Ellis
A1C Wayne J. Fair
A1C Harry S. Maxwell
A1C Leo J. Sloan

Sources:

El Litoral 10 September 1956, p1
US Crashes Jan van Waarde
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html
"The History of Big Safari" written by Colonel Bill Grimes, USAF Ret.


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
17-Mar-2015 19:08 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Phase, Source, Narrative]
11-Dec-2015 18:04 Anon. Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Location, Source, Narrative]
29-Oct-2017 17:34 TB Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2020 16:56 Tetrapack Updated [Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Damage, Narrative]

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