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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 28676
Last updated: 26 September 2017
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Date:18-MAR-1953
Time:04:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic b36 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair RB-36H-25-CF Peacemaker
Owner/operator:718th SRS, 28th SRW USAF
Registration: 51-13721A
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23
Other fatalities:0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Burgoyne's Cove, 1.5mi SE of Nut Cove, Trinity Bay, Newfoundland -   Canada
Phase: En route
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Terceira-Lajes AFB, Azores (TER/LPLA)
Destination airport:Rapid City AFB, SD (RCA)
Narrative:
The RB-36H (pilot Maj. Frank C. Wright) struck an 896-foot tall ridge at an elevation of 800 feet in fog while returning from the Azores to Rapid City AFB in a 25-hour simulated combat mission, flying low over the ocean by celestial navigation in radio silence without radar guidance. During the night the aircraft had went off course due to bad weather and reached Newfoundland 90 minutes earlier than planned. All 23 crew members were killed in the crash, including the co-pilot Brig.Gen. Richard E. Ellsworth, commander of the 28th SRW. Rapid City AFB was later renamed Ellsworth AFB in his honor.

That same night, a SAR aircraft (Boeing SB-29-70-BW Superfortress, 44-69982) of the 52d ARS, 6th ARG, based at Harmon AFB, Newfoundland, was sent out to assist the search for the crashed RB-36 and went missing shortly before landing, apparently crashing into St. Georges Bay and killing the crew of 11.

Sources:

http://www.pbase.com/bruced/1953_crash_site_
http://keithf.homedns.org/peacemaker.html
http://www.air-and-space.com/b-36%20wrecks.htm#51-13721


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
27-Sep-2008 01:00 ASN archive Added
09-Jan-2010 11:11 harro Updated [Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
19-Jul-2011 00:39 TwinB Updated [Source, Narrative]
25-Jan-2013 03:07 Tetrapack Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Operator, Location, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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