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Last updated: 7 October 2019
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Date:06-NOV-1952
Time:c. 23:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-50D-90-BO Superfortress
Owner/operator:49th BS, 2d BW USAF (49th BS, 2d Bomb Wing United States Air Force)
Registration: 48-091
C/n / msn: 15900
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2 miles West of Great Dunmow, Essex -   United Kingdom
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Narrative:
The B-50D (pilot John Kemper Field) was returning to RAF Upper Heyford after a routine training flight when it encountered a gale and crashed into a field near Dunmow, possibly flying into ground after the pilots lost orientation. The aircraft was completely destroyed in the crash and subsequent fire which burned for several hours before it could be extinguished as exploding ammunition hampered the work of the firemen.

Per a brief report in "The Times" newspaper dated 7 November 1952:

"B50 BOMBER CRASHES IN ESSEX
TEN MEN ON BOARD

An American B 50 Stratobomber, with a crew of 10, crashed near Stansted aerodrome, Essex, shortly before midnight last night, and caught fire. Two of the crew were believed to have baled out before the crash. The aircraft belonged to the 7th Air Division. A United States Air Force spokesman said that it was returning to Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, from a training flight when the crash occurred. The aircraft was burnt out and most of the crew were killed.

Essex fire brigade recovered five bodies from the wreckage.

The B 50 Stratobomber has a wingspan of 141 ft, a range of 6000 miles, and a cruising speed of about 300 mph. An aircraft of this type made the first non-stop flight round the world in 1949."

Sources:

1. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1946.html
2. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.baaa-acro.com/1952/archives/crash-of-a-boeing-b-50d-90-bo-superfortress-in-great-dunmow-11-killed/]
3. https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark%3A/67531/metapth283973/m1/1/_/
4. http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?13938-B29-or-B50-Crash-at-Great-Dunmow-Essex-7th-Nov-1952
5. https://forum.keypublishing.com/showthread.php?116448-b-50-crash-information


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
24-Nov-2012 01:13 ds1214 Added
07-Mar-2013 03:06 Tetrapack Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
24-Jul-2017 20:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Source, Narrative]

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