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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48328
Last updated: 21 December 2019
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Date:21-DEC-1972
Time:night
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52D-35-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:306th BW, 43rd SW, USAF (306th Bomb Wing, 43rd SW, United States Air Force)
Registration: 56-0669
C/n / msn: 464040
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Unknown, Laos -   Laos
Phase: Combat
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)
Destination airport:
Narrative:
While deployed to Andersen AFB, Guam, during Operation "Linebacker II" on December 2122, 1972, the 306 BW sustained a combat loss when B-52D, AF Serial No. 56-0669, call sign "Straw 2", was hit by a SAM-2 surface-to-air missile after attacking the Gia Lam railway repair shops east of Hanoi.

Despite heavy damage, Straw 2 attempted to divert to Thailand. The aircraft crossed iinto Laos, became uncontrollable, and all crew members except the radar navigator ejected/bailed out, and were rescued

Crew: 43rd SW. All six ejected, but only 5 rescued.
Rad/Nav:Maj Frank Gould USAF killed.
Capt Vincent Russo survived
Capt James Farmer survived
Lt Deverl Johnson survived: He was killed in the crash of a West Wings Beechcraft C-99, Flight 628, commuter aircraft mid air collision with light aircraft over San Luis Obispo, California on Friday 24th August 1984. He had retired from the Air Force and was the Co-Pilot

Plus two other, un-named crew members. The five survivors were all rescued by rescued by USAF SAR 721221

Sources:

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-forums/military/read.main/18199/
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/1956.html
http://www.nampows.org/B-52.html
www.shreveporttimes.com/assets/pdf/D918772249.PDF
http://www.angelfire.com/home/laoslist/crl70.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
02-Nov-2009 15:47 JINX Updated
10-Jan-2012 09:41 Uli Elch Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 20:01 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 20:41 wf Updated [Date]

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