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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98675
Last updated: 23 June 2020
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Date:13-JAN-1953
Time:13:40 PT
Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-50D-125-BO Superfortress
Owner/operator:328th BSqn /93d BWg USAF (328th BSqn /93d Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 49-0386
C/n / msn: 16162
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:8 miles west of Gridley, California -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Castle AFB, California
Destination airport:Castle AFB, CA
Narrative:
The B-50D was one in a flight of four on a routine navigational flight when it was seen to spin down out of clouds and somewhat leveled out before it crashed in a grain field on the Terrill Sartain property, about three and a half hours after take-off. The impact completely destroyed the aircraft, but no fire was started as its engines were buried deep in the mud.

The following crewmen were killed in the crash:
Aircraft commander Lt.Col. Gerald W. Fallon, age 34, husband of Elaine K. Fallon, of Merced, CA
Maj. William P. McMillan, age 37, husband of Greta A. McMillan, of Atwater, CA
Capt. William S. Raker, age 27, husband of Lorraine G. Raker, of Atwater, CA
Capt. Edward Y. Williams, age 33, of Spokane, WA
1st Lt. George D. Griffitts, age 23, of Hico, TX
T/Sgt. Curtis F. Duffy, age 27, husband of Ruth A. Duffy, of Atwater, CA
T/Sgt. Bobby G. Theuret, age 29, husband of Barbara L. Theuret, Atwater, CA
M/Sgt. Joe L. Bradshaw, age 37, husband of Jessamine Bradshaw, of Atwater, CA
M/Sgt. William H. Clarke, age 32, husband of Audrey W. Clark, of Merced, CA
M/Sgt. Wallace N. Schwart, age 28, of Maywood, IL
A.J. William B. Crutchfield, age 27, husband of Della Ann Crutchfield, of Atwater, CA
A1C Charles W. Hesse, age 21, of Sauk Center, MN

Sources:

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/db.asp
http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/usafserials.html
http://www.gendisasters.com/california/12216/gridley-ca-air-force-bomber-crash-jan-1953
http://www.orovilleveteransmemorialpark.org/lookingback/2008_1_11.htm


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
07-Mar-2013 06:38 Tetrapack Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
07-Apr-2020 10:02 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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