ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 152762
Last updated: 23 November 2014
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Date:07-FEB-1953
Time:morning
Type:Silhouette image of generic b36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair B-36H-25-CF Peacemaker
Owner/operator:United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 51-5719
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Nethermore Woods, near Chippenham, Wiltshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Goose AFB, Labrador, Canada
Destination airport:RAF Fairford, Gloucestershire, England
Narrative:
The B-36 (LtCol Herman F. Gerick) was one of 18 bombers of the 7th BW deployed from Carswell AFB to RAF Fairford via Goose AFB as part of a unit simulated combat mission, codenamed "Operation Styleshow". The weather had worsened when the formation arrived over RAF Fairford in the morning and 51-5719 soon suffered from fuel starvation after experiencing two missed GCA approaches and long periods of holding while other B-36 landed, caused by inexperienced GCA personnel and an under-manned aircraft crew. Rather than risk the lives of his crew or people on the ground, the pilot ordered his crew to bail out 22 miles NE of Fairford and aimed the B-36 to crash in open country. All crew members decended safely in their parachutes, but one suffered a broken leg upon reaching the ground. The aircraft somehow remained airborne and flew 30 miles before breaking up and crashing in Wiltshire.

Sources:
http://www.cowtown.net/proweb/lacock1.htm
http://www.7bwb-36assn.org/b36genhistpg3.html
http://archiviostorico.unita.it/cgi-bin/highlightPdf.cgi?t=ebook&file=/archivio/uni_1953_02/19530208_0007.pdf


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
25-Jan-2013 02:35 Tetrapack Added
07-Dec-2013 19:23 TB Updated [Operator, Location, Phase, Source, Narrative]
07-Dec-2013 19:25 TB Updated [Time]
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