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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 158852
Last updated: 3 June 2021
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Date:17-SEP-1962
Time:
Type:Silhouette image of generic CNBR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Martin NB-57B Canberra
Owner/operator:57th WRSqn USAF (57th WRSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 52-1496
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Werribee, Victoria -   Australia
Phase: Take off
Nature:Military
Departure airport:RAAF Laverton, Victoria
Destination airport:
Narrative:
Canberra 52-1496 57th Weather Reconnaissance Squadron USAF : Written off 17/9/1962: Crashed at Werribee, Victoria near the end of the runway at RAAF Laverton, shortly after takeoff from RAAF Laverton.
Crew:
Capt Paul H. PALMER (USAF) - killed
Capt Joseph W. IVINS (USAF) - killed

The accident happened the day after an air show at Laverton air base in which a RAAF Canberra performed a climbing roll after takeoff. That aircraft was fitted with fuel accumulators to ensure a flow of fuel to the engines when inverted. it is possible the B57 pilot tried to emulate this, not realizing his aircraft was not fitted with fuel accumulators.
The aircraft was supposedly on a "weather reconnaisance sortie"; but, considering the political atmosphere at the time (being "day 1" of the Cuban Missile Crisis) that may have been just a "cover story" for the aircrafts real purpose, which still remains classified.

Sources:

1. [LINK NOT WORKING ANYMORE:http://www.millionmonkeytheater.com/b57pics/52-1496.jpg]
2. http://canberratalk.conforums.com/index.cgi?board &num=1278590837"e=1278595935&start=0
3. http://www.nationalmuseum.af.mil/factsheets/factsheet_print.asp?fsID=2716
4. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1952.html
5. http://www.derwentshore.com/B-57_Down.htm
6. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/57th_Weather_Reconnaissance_Squadron


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
23-Aug-2013 11:42 Uli Elch Added
23-Aug-2013 11:47 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Narrative]
29-Mar-2014 00:16 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
03-Aug-2018 07:51 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]
11-Feb-2021 11:21 Paco Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative, Operator]

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