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Last updated: 24 June 2020
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Date:31-AUG-1956
Time:03:08
Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
Owner/operator:58th WRSqn USAF (58th WRSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 49-0315
C/n / msn: 16091
Fatalities:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:50 miles n orth of Anchorage, AK -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Eielson AFB, AK
Destination airport:Eielson AFB, AK
Narrative:
This aircraft was orginially built as B-50D-115-BO, but later converted to a WB-50D weather recon aircraft.

The WB-50D crashed in a near vertical attitude on a group of small islands in the Susitna River about 1 hour after take off. No distress signals were received and no cause for this crash was ever determined.

All 11 crew members aboard were killed:
Pilot Capt Leonard N. Chapman, Jr.
Co-Pilot Maj Dale Richardson
Navigator Capt Everett E. Dyson
Navigator 2Lt William W. Faustlin
Weather Observer 1Lt William J. Wolters, Jr.
Flight Engineer MSgt Fred T. Gregg, Jr.
Auxiliary Crew Member TSgt Richard K. Brown
Dropsonde Operator SSgt Ronald R. Ragland
Radio Operator A2C Melvin O. Lindsey
Radio Operator A2C Elijah Spencer
Crew Chief A3C Douglas W. Maxon

Sources:

Youngstown Vindicator 1 September 1956, p2
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html
http://www.awra.us/gallery-aug06-2.html


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
22-May-2009 12:58 XLerate Added
10-Jul-2009 16:52 angels one five Updated
26-Jan-2014 18:11 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
09-Feb-2014 16:04 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Country, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Nov-2017 13:48 TB Updated [Aircraft type, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
01-Apr-2020 15:45 Tetrapack Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 08:12 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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