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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48374
Last updated: 11 May 2021
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Time:9:15 pm
Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52G-125-BW Stratofortress
Owner/operator:341st BSqn /4038th SWg USAF (341st BSqn /4038th SWg United States Air Force)
Registration: 59-2576
MSN: 464339
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 8
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Silver Hill, west of Denton, North Carolina -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Dow AFB, Maine
Destination airport:Dow AFB, Maine
B-52G s/n 58-2576 call sing "Judy 24" crashed and destroyed March 30, 1961 at Silver Hill west of Denton, NC after losing control during aerial refueling attempt while participating in a RBS bombing competition. Crew was ordered to bail out. Out of the 8 on board, only 6 had ejector seats and just two of the five who ejected survived. A massive explosion occurred when the bomber crashed to the ground. The aircraft entered a stall when the pilot bled off too much airspeed in a failed attempt to prevent overshooting the tanker. Aircraft had logged a total of 233 flying hours when the accident occurred.

Crew of 59-2576 were
Capt. William Donald McCullen, Commander & pilot - killed
Capt. William Woody Farmer, co-pilot - killed
Capt. Robert Marsh Morgenroth, Radar Navigator - killed
Captain George William Beale, Observer - killed
S.Sgt.James Howard Fults, Instructor Gunner - killed
Airman 1sr Class Robert Nathaniel Gaskey, Student Gunner - killed
Major Wilbur Fred Minnich, Navigator - Survived
1st Lt. Glen Charles Farnham, EWO - survived

The survivors bailed out at 30,000 feet and landed six to seven miles away from the crash site. Major MINNICH, the navigator, suffered a dislocated arm when he bailed out. Lt. FARNHAM complained of back pains but was apparently unhurt.

The two stated that the plane, an eight-engined jet, was on a routine mission from Dow Air Force Base in Maine. Its destination was not revealed. Minutes before the explosion the plane had attempted to make contact with a KC-135 jet tanker to be refulled in flight.


USAF accident report

Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
04-Jul-2009 22:10 Anon. Updated
15-Feb-2013 21:35 Dr. John Smith Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
17-Dec-2015 07:16 petef86a Updated [Narrative]
03-Jul-2017 17:41 bobm Updated [Narrative]
31-Jan-2019 16:27 wf Updated [Aircraft type]
05-Apr-2020 19:45 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Operator]

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