Accident Boeing B-52F-105-BO Stratofortress 57-0043,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48384
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Date:Monday 23 December 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-52F-105-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:454 BW USAF
Registration: 57-0043
MSN: 17437
Fatalities:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:near Aberdeen, Monroe County, MS -   United States of America
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Columbus AFB, MS
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
Aircraft went into clouds shortly after take-off & came out of clouds inverted diving into ground. Cause of accident may have been failure of artificial horizon.

Pilot/Commander:Maj Karl M Funk USAF killed.
Co-pilot:Capt Elbert J Andoe USAF killed.
Co-pilot:2nd/Lt Leonard J LeRose USAF killed.
Nav:1st/Lt Anthony J Lenzi USAF killed.
Nav:1st/Lt Harry L Grebe USAF killed.
Nav/Inst:Capt Harry E Bell USAF killed.
Rad/Nav:Capt Fred R Curtis USAF killed.
EWO:1st/Lt Liam Rafferty USAF killed.
AG:M/Sgt Lacy Potter USAF killed.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
03-Nov-2009 08:44 JINX Updated
13-Oct-2010 11:06 scottf3 Updated
10-Jan-2012 11:22 Uli Elch Updated [Operator, Source, Narrative]
18-Jan-2012 01:59 Nepa Updated [Operator]
18-Jan-2012 10:54 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location]
15-Feb-2013 11:56 jmnpet Updated [Location, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 15:20 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Departure airport, Source]
01-Jun-2020 19:48 Anthony Lenzi Friedr Updated [Narrative]
07-Aug-2022 06:27 Rodger Asai Updated [Narrative]

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