Accident Republic F-84B Thunderjet 46-652, 10 Sep 1948
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Type:Silhouette image of generic f84 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Republic F-84B Thunderjet
Owner/operator:77th FS, 20th FG, USAF (77th Fighter Squadron, 20th FG, United States Air Force)
Registration: 46-652
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Scottsville, 10 miles East of Sumter, South Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Shaw AFB, South Carolina, USA (SSC/KSSC)
Destination airport:
Republic F-84B-36-RE Thunderjet 46-652, 77th FS, 20th FG, USAF: Written off (destroyed) September 10 1948 when crashed near Scottsville, 10 miles east of Sumter, South Carolina due to engine failure. Pilot Henry J Wilkes Jr was killed.

The 20th Fighter Group was first equipped with North American P-51D, then exchanged its P-51's in February 1948 for F-84B Thunderjets, the first TAC group to receive operational F-84s. The group was composed of the 55th, 77th and 79th Fighter Squadrons. The F-84s began arriving in February 1948 and ran through May when the full complement was received. Nine were lost in accidents before the remainder were returned to Republic Aviation in May 1949 in exchange for F-84D models.


1. Pilots Obituary Notice: Army, Navy, Air Force Journal & Register, Volume 86, Issues 1-26 (October 2 1948 p 146)



Republic F-84B Republic F-84B-36-RE Thunderjet 46-652, 77th FS, 20th FG, USAF over South Carolina in 1948 (with 46-653 in the background)(USAF Museum Photo/Public Domain)

Revision history:

02-May-2021 08:49 ASN archive Added
25-Jan-2023 01:02 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Source, Narrative, Category]
26-Jan-2023 21:22 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
26-Jan-2023 21:30 Dr. John Smith Updated [Embed code]
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26-Jan-2023 22:52 Dr. John Smith Updated [Source]
27-Jan-2023 21:19 Dr. John Smith Updated [Narrative]
26-Feb-2023 18:17 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country]

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