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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 156261
Last updated: 14 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing RB-47H Stratojet
Owner/operator:55th SRWg USAF (55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing,g United States Air Force)
Registration: 53-4290
C/n / msn: 4501314
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Off Wonsan Harbour, North Korea -   North Korea
Phase: Combat
Departure airport:Yokota AFB (RJTY) Fussa, Tampa Area, Western Tokyo, Japan
Destination airport:Yokota AFB (RJTY) Fussa, Tampa Area, Western Tokyo, Japan
Attacked by North Korean fighters 80 miles off Wonsan Harbor, North Korea. Heavily damaged, but was able to return to base and all 6 crew OK. Return fire from tail cannon may have shot down one of the North Korean fighters. The RB-47 was so severely damaged that it had to be scrapped.

The aircraft was on deployment from Forbes Air Force Base (KFOE), (now Topeka Regional Airport), Shawnee County, Kansas, USA . It took off at 07.00 hrs.from Yokota AFB Japan for a seven and half hour (without re-fuelling) routine surveillance mission with three Electronic warfare officers (EWO)located in the bomb bay. At 27,000 ft. they were attacked and severely damaged by MiG-17's. The aircraft recovered back to Yokota AFB without injury to the six aircrew,:- Lt. Col. Hobart D. Matheson, Aircraft Commander, 1st.Lt. Henry E. Dubuy, Co-pilot/Gunner, Capt. Roger J. Rogers, Radar Navigator, Capt.Robert C. Winters, EWO supervisor, 1st. Lt. George V. Back, EWO, and 1st Lt. Joel J. Lutkenhouse, EWO.
An account of this mission is detailed in the book ' I always Wanted to Fly - America's Cold War Airmen' - Chapter 13 - 'The last flight of 3-4290' by Wolfgang W. E. Samual.


- JF Baugher>i.always-wanted-to-fly-Americas-cold-war-airmen

Revision history:

05-Jun-2013 12:46 Uli Elch Added
05-Jun-2013 12:58 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Phase, Narrative]
28-Mar-2020 15:52 Peter Clarke Updated [Time, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
06-Jul-2020 21:14 Digger Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Operator]

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