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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156259
Last updated: 5 July 2020
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Date:04-JAN-1961
Time:c. 06:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Owner/operator:100th BWg USAF (100th Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 53-4244
C/n / msn: 4501268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pease AFB (KPSM) Portsmouth, New Hampshire -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Pease AFB (KPSM) Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Destination airport:Pease AFB (KPSM) New Hampshire
Narrative:
The aircraft was taking off on a routine 7 hour training flight when it crashed, exploded and burst into flames 500 yards off the runways northern end, killing Aircraft Commander, Capt. Thomas C. Weller; Co-pilot, 1st. Lt. Ronald Chapo; Navigator, 1st. Lt. J. A. Weatherbee and S/Sgt. Stephen J. Mikva, Crew Chief.
Eight local community fire brigades fought the fuel fed flaming wreckage and exploding ammunition for 2 hours before extinguishing the fire which was spread over a mile area.

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_accidents_and_incidents_involving_military_aircraft_(1955%E2%80%931959)
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/.html
www.forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pease_Air_National_Guard_Base
B.47.com, Newspapers.com
Nashua Telegraph, NH - 5th January 1961
Portsmouth Herald, NH - 6th January 1961
Poughkeepsie Journal NY - 5th January 1961
Times Record, NY - 5th January 1961
Passauer Neue Presse 7 January 1961, p2


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
05-Jun-2013 12:46 Uli Elch Added
05-Jun-2013 12:53 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Narrative]
10-Dec-2014 07:03 Ken Fernald Updated [Time, Location, Country, Departure airport]
21-Dec-2015 19:14 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Jun-2020 14:15 Peter Clarke Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2020 20:34 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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