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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98671
Last updated: 16 February 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B29 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-50D-110-BO Superfortress
Owner/operator:341st BS 97th BG (M) United States Air Force (USAF)
Registration: 49-0270
C/n / msn: 16046
Fatalities:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:1mi W of Abington Pigotts, Cambridgeshire -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
Destination airport:RAF Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire
The B-50D “City Of El Paso” of the 341st Bomb Squadron 97th Bomb Group (pilot George W. Barnes) struck two different groups of trees 100 yds apart after its thought the flaps were retracted too early on a night take-off from RAF Bassingbourn. The crew were thought to of been fatally wounded on the second hit and after crashing into a ploughed field the aircraft disintegrated and caught fire. All five crew members in the forward compartments were killed, while the three crew members in the rear survived with only minor injuries when the tail section broke off and was flung clear of the burning wreckage, finally ending up in a separate field.


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Revision history:

06-Mar-2013 08:43 Tetrapack Updated [Aircraft type, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Sep-2014 16:49 Robbo Updated [Time, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Narrative]
31-Dec-2018 17:24 TB Updated [Time, Operator]
16-Feb-2020 08:44 Robbo Updated [Operator, Location, Narrative]

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