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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48311
Last updated: 4 June 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52D-10-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:484th BW USAF (484th Bomb Wing United States Air Force)
Registration: 55-0060
MSN: 464012
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Savage Mountain, Garrett County (near Barton, Maryland) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Westover AFB, MA
Destination airport:Turner AFB, Albany, GA
The B-52D, radio call-sign 'Buzz One Four' was being ferried from Westover AFB, where it had landed after a 'Chrome Dome' armed patrol to Europe, to its base at Turner AFB.

While cruising at about 30,000 feet the plane's huge vertical fin and rudder assembly was wrenched off by the severe turbulence encountered in a blizzard and the aircraft broke up. The two Mark 53 nuclear weapons on board being ferried were found "relatively intact in the middle of the wreckage", and after Fort Meade's 28th Ordnance Detachment secured them, the weapons were removed two days later to the Cumberland Municipal Airport.

Only two of the five crew survived. Aircraft crashed on January 13 1964 at 01:45 into Savage Mountain, Garrett County (near Barton, Maryland) at approximate co-ordinates 39.565278N 79.075833W

Pilot: Major Thomas W. McCormick, ejected and survived.
Co-pilot: Captain Parker C. Peedin, ejected and survived.
Bomb aimer : Major Robert E. Townley, did not eject and died in the crash.
Navigator: Major Robert L. Payne, ejected but did not survive the bitter winter conditions on the ground.
Tail gunner: T/Sgt Melvin F. Wooten, bailed out injured and did not survive.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
03-May-2009 23:33 angels one five Updated
26-Oct-2009 14:21 JINX Updated
02-Jan-2010 00:13 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
08-Nov-2010 05:00 angels one five Updated [Narrative]
13-Dec-2010 00:27 angels one five Updated [Nature, Narrative]
16-Feb-2013 15:41 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Sep-2013 18:33 angels one five Updated [Departure airport]
14-Jan-2014 05:18 dtownley Updated [Narrative]
11-Mar-2020 16:22 DG333 Updated [Operator, Operator]

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