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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48300
Last updated: 6 December 2019
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Date:24-JAN-1961
Time:12:30 EST
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52G-95-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:USAF 4241st SW
Registration: 58-0187
C/n / msn: 464255
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Faro, 12 miles N of Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Military
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, NC
Narrative:
Crashed and destroyed due to fatigue failure of starboard wing after fuel leak at high altitude. Wing failed when flaps were selected during emergency approach to Seymour Johnson AFB, Goldsboro, North Carolina, on January 24 1961.

Two nuclear weapons separated from the aircraft, one fell by parachute, and was caught by its parachute in the branches of a tree. The weapons came down at Faro, 12 miles (19 km) north of Goldsboro, North Carolina at approximate co-ordinates 35.5123N 77.8463W. One Mk.39 nuclear weapon crashed into the ground at approximately the speed of sound and buried its self deeply. The Air Force was unable to recover parts of the Mk.39 buried below about 40 feet due to flooding in the hole, so much of it was left in place. It was found that all but the last of four firing safeties had released on both bombs. Today, The Air Force still owns a 200 foot circle of ground in the field and occasionally tests for radiation

Crew:
Pilot: Maj Walter S Tulloch USAF ejected minor injuries.
Co-pilot: Capt Richard W Hardin USAF ejected minor injuries.
Rad/Nav: Maj Eugene Shelton USAF ejected killed.
Nav: Capt Paul E Brown USAF ejected minor injuries.
EWO: 1st/Lt William H Wilson USAF ejected serious injuries.
EWO/Inst: Maj Eugene H Richards USAF bailed out killed.
3rd pilot: 1st/Lt Adam C Mattocks USAF bailed out minor injuries.
AG: T/Sgt Francis R Barnish USAF killed.

On July 2, 2012, the state of North Carolina erected a historical road marker in the town of Eureka, 3 miles north of the crash site, commemorating the crash under the title "Nuclear Mishap.", The unveiling ceremony was attended by Adam Mattocks, the sole survivor in 2012 of the crew of 58-0187

Sources:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1961_Goldsboro_B-52_crash
http://web.archive.org/web/20171101061754/http://www.ejection-history.org.uk:80/aircraft_by_type/b52_stratofortress.htm
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1958.html
http://www.lib.unc.edu/ncc/ref/nchistory/jan2008/index.html
http://www.ibiblio.org/bomb/index.html
http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/07/02/2173231/shaffer-in-eureka-they-have-found.html
http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/12/us/north-carolina-nuclear-bomb-drop/


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
09-Nov-2009 19:14 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:16 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:17 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:19 JINX Updated
09-Nov-2009 19:26 JINX Updated
15-Feb-2013 20:59 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Source, Narrative]
28-Dec-2015 15:09 Aerossurance Updated [Source]

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