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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48332
Last updated: 16 November 2018
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Date:30-JUL-1972
Time:
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 BW USAF (307th Bomb Wing 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
Nature:Military
Departure airport:U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand
Destination airport:
Narrative:
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 ejected & 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.

Sources:

http://www.virtualwall.org/%5C/dp/PriceDJ01a.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1956.html
http://web.archive.org/web/20171101061754/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/b52_stratofortress.htm
https://www.thai-aviation.net/files/Air_Accidents.pdf
http://www.virtualwall.org/dp/PriceDJ01a.htm
http://airforce.togetherweserved.com/usaf/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=PersonAircraftExt&ID=22732


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
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]

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