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Boeing B-47 Stratojet
All Losses & Ejections
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Date Air Force A'cft Unit / Serial based crashed crew photo seat
                 
11th May 1949   XB-47 Stratojet 46-065 Moses Lake AFB, WA Canopy came off at high speed, on test flight 40M E Moses Lake, WA  Boeing Test Pilot
Edward Scott Osler
killed in canopy accident
??
co-pilot safely landed the aircraft
 
  see next entry
18th August 1950   Boeing XB-47-BO Stratojet 46-065
[first prototype]
  major structural damage following stalling on landing Crew ??
OK
   
   
26th February 1951   B-47A Stratojet 49-1904 Wichita MAP, KS mishap Robert T. Robinson    
   
19th March 1951   B-47A Stratojet 49-1904 Eglin AFB, FL  mishap Richard C. Neeley    
   
4th May 1951   B-47A Stratojet 49-1906 Eglin AFB, FL Landing accident Julian R. Abernathy    
   
   
8th August 1951
USAF
B-47A Stratojet 49-2645   caught fire and was destroyed      
   
18th August 1951
USAF
B-47A Stratojet 49-1906 Eglin AFB, FL  crash-landed at Wichita John G. Foster    
   
B-47A
Note

"There were problems with the ejection seat equipment. The ejection seats were removed after an XB-47 accident in which the pilot was killed. As a substitute, a bail-out spoiler was provided underneath the nose so that the crew entry door could be used for egress"
[The Stratojet Association - Chapter 2]

   
1st September 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0007 Wichita AFB, KS On a formation test flight - mid air with B-47B  50-024 three Miles north east of base Wichita AFB Chester A. Clothorp [Clotharp]
&
Oppenheimer
All on board killed  
1st September 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0024 Wichita AFB, KS On test flight - mid air with B-47B 50-007 three Miles north east of base Wichita AFB Boeing Test Pilot Douglas Corbett "Doug" Heimburger
&
Steve Gatti
All on board killed  
                 
2nd November 1951
USAF
 B-47B Stratojet 50-0023 Wichita AFB, KS Landing mishap at Wright-Patterson AFB Olbert F. Lassiter    
   
15th November 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0011 3520th CCTW        
   
16th November 1951
USAF
 B-47B Stratojet 50-0019 Eglin AFB, FL Mishap on landing  John C. Foster    
   
19th November 1951 


afternoon


USAF
Boeing
Boeing B-47B Stratojet 50-006 EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, California Routine test flight.  rolled over on it's climb out and crashed a quarter of a mile west of the runway shortly after a take-off at Edwards AFB, CA, Air Research and Development Command

   
Captain Joseph "Joe"  E. Wolfe, Jr
33
Chattanooga, Tenn.
Pilot
Assistant Chief of the Experimental Test Operations Branch
killed
LINK
Major Robert A. Mortland Co-Pilot
30
Clarion, Penn.
killed
LINK
Master Sergeant Christy N. Spiro
32
Worcester, Mass.
killed
LINK
   
19th November 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0008 369BS
306BW
MacDill AFB, FL
Mishap on landing David J. Williams
[RCAF
]
   
   
3rd December 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0019 Eglin AFB, FL Structural problems David A. Himes    
   
21st December 1951
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0014 6510AMS
6510AMG
Edwards AFB, CA
Structural problems Russell E. Schleeh    
   
   
26th March 1952
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-026 Kirtland AFB,NM, 4925th Test Grp. (Atomic) The aircraft stalled, crashed, and burned during an ATO takeoff      
       
Capt. Arthur A. Zalk
AC
killed
Capt. Francis H. Early
Co-Pilot
killed
1st Lt. Chester W. Thew
killed
M/Sgt. Allen Witt
Crew engineer
killed
   
11th April 1952
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-0038 MacDill AFB The aircraft landed short in Tampa Bay on approach      
     
Capt. Henry Williamson
AC
survived
Major W. Brazil
pilot
survived
Capt. Herbert J. Johnson
pilot
survived
   
24th June 1952
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2048 Edwards AFB, CA, R&D Command   Capt. Leonard Patrick Farrell
AC
   
   
3rd July 1952
USAF
 B-47B Stratojet 50-0065 306th BW, McCoy AFB, FL.
also seen as
360th McDill AFB
Caught fire and crashed near Myakka, FI
 
     
Lt C. Howard T. Weeks
36
AC
killed
[Instructor Pilot CO 367 BS]
Capt. Herbert J. Johnson
30
Co-Pilot
killed
Maj. Raymond R. Haggar
31
observer
killed
   
22nd July 1952
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 50-081 306th BW, McCoy AFB, FL

MacDill AFB
???

aircraft exploded in mid-air over Marianna, FL
High Speed Low Level Training Mission. Crashed in a small country town named “Marianna” located in Northwest Florida.
two civilian fatalities
       
Maj. Frederick "Fred" E. Ewing
31
Parker, Ind.
AC
killed
Capt. Oscar W. Yon
[Yow?]

28
Eckley, W. Va.
Co-Pilot
killed
Capt. James H. Foreman
29
Birmingham, Ala
Pilot
killed
Capt. Richard E. Francis
28
Clay City, Ind
Observer
killed
   
21st February 1953
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2392 Boeing / Wichita Damaged beyond repair by fire      
   
21st February 1953
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2389 Boeing / Wichita Damaged beyond repair by fire      
   
19th March 1953
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2085 3520th FTW
Wichita AFB, KS
bounced while landing Crew survived    
   
26th March 1953
USAF
RB-47B Stratojet 50-035 3520th TFW Wichita AFB, KS. Crashed while attempting to land
 
Captain William W. Tiller
31
Sanford, Fla.
Instructor Pilot
killed
Maj. Eugene J. Marx
31
Ellensburg
Student Co-Pilot
killed
Maj. S. E. Tucker
Student-Co-Pilot
killed
   
2nd July 1953
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2267 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL.

On a 90-day rotation to RAF Fairford.

The aircraft stalled on the turn to final and crashed and burned at RAF Upper Heyford, UK
       
Major Thomas P. "Tom" Russell III
AC
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
24th July 1953
USAF
YRB-47B Stratojet 51-2253 26th SRW, Lockbourne AFB, OH Crashed during touch-and-go's
     
Capt. Melvin F. Skiff
 AC

killed
??
killed
??
killed
.
   
7th September 1953
USAF
YRB-47B Stratojet 51-2226 91st SRW, 323rd SRS. Lockbourne AFB, OH left the runway, ground looped, caught fire,shooting touch-and-gos
     
Major Charles S. Graham
AC

survived
1st Lt. Harold W. Stone
Co-Pilot

survived
Major Cecil A. Hubbard
photo-navigator

survived
   
           
      Testing the Downward Ejection Seat System    
     
USAF photo

USAF photo
   
      USAF Downwards ejection trials from B-47 "052" from Elgin AFB. flown by pilot Bill Campbell, co-pilot Ralph Lusk.    
     

7th October 1953

USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 1 Col. A.M. "Chic" Henderson
alt. 10,000ft. speed 203kt.
?? October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 2 Mgsgt George Post  
?? October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 3    
?? October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 4    
?? October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 5    
?? October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 6 Lt. Hank Neilsen
speed 390kt. Inj.
7th October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 7 Lt. Ed. Sperry
alt. 10,000ft. speed 260kt.
16th October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 8 Lt. Ed. Sperry
alt. 10,000ft. speed 325kt.
21st October 1953
USAF
B-47 052 Elgin AFB Test 9 Lt. Ed. Sperry
alt. 10,000ft. speed 389kt. inj.
   
           
           
   
13th October 1953
USAF
B-47 Stratojet 51-2096 33rd BS/ 22 BW, March AFB, CA Crashed while making a takeoff on the third touch-and-go. The aircraft crew had already spent two hours previously practicing refueling.
     
Capt. Byron M. Steel
AC

killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
15th October 1953
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0034 3540th FTW, Pinecastle AFB, FL.  crashed during touch-and-gos
One person was killed. The AC was Capt. Carl M. Crenshaw.
   
3rd December 1953
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2440 15th Air Force, 303rd Bombardment Wing, Davis-Monthan, Arizona

303rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

Caught fire and exploded practicing air refueling. Crashed Reddington Pass, Arizona      
       
Major Hayward Walton McEver
Pilot
killed
Captain Jesse Grady Williams
AC
killed
Lt. Colonel Douglas Howard Bratcher
CO 360th bomb squadron, 303rd Bombardment wing
Observer

killed
Airman 1st Class William Lloyd Child
killed
   
16th December 1953
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0028 3540th FTW, Pinecastle AFB, FL cart-wheeled and crashed during touch-and-gos
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
8th January 1954
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2089 Wichita AFB, KS crashed while attempting to land
     
Capt. Harold L. Pristi
survived
Lt. Dale D. Smith
killed
Lt. Charles C. Hogan
killed
8th February 1954
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 52-0023 22nd BW, March AFB, CA The aircraft struck a tree on the approach one mile east of Upper Heyford, cart-wheeled, and crashed.
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
22nd February 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0053 2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA

The aircraft exploded

on the flight line during refueling 

M/Sgt Curtiss L. Harrod
killed
   
   
5th March 1954
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 51-2416 303rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ The aircraft lost power on takeoff and crashed while deploying for Greenham Common
 
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
16th March 1954
USAF
B-47 Stratojet 51-2092 3520th CCTW
Forbes AFB
Crashed while practicing low approaches on the Forbes radio range near the  AFB after colliding with 50-0063
     
Maj. Clifford Wonderly
survived
Capt. Kenneth Johnson
survived
1st Lt. Richard Hornback
survived
16th March 1954
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0063 3520th CCTW
Forbes AFB
Crashed while practicing low approaches on the Forbes radio range near the  AFB after colliding with 51-2092
     
LtC. Sidney Smith
killed
Maj. Herbert White
killed
Maj. Lloyd Zuppan
killed
   
30th April 1954
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2232 4925th Test Group Landed short at Kirtland AFB, NM. The aft gear collapsed and the rear fuselage was destroyed by fire
   
10th June 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51- 5252  44th BW, Lake Charles, LA

On TDY to Sidi Slimane, French Morocco

During refuelling  went into spin, and crashed near Oujda, Morocco. Pilot killed
   
21st June 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0229 2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA Bomb bay fire led to the aircraft being destroyed at Townsend, GA
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
20th July 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-17385 68th BW, Lake Charles AFB, LA Crashed 8 miles from the end of the runway while on a GCA at RAF Fairford, UK
       
??
survived
??
survived
??
survived
??
navigator
killed
   Stratojet
27th July 1954
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0001 ARDC, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH Crashed on takeoff (T.O.) from Tinker AFB, OK
   
6th August 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2382 51st BS, 68th BW, 806th Air Division
Lake Charles AFB, LA
Crashed on takeoff from Fairford when aircraft stalled      
       
Capt. William A. Catto
AC

killed
Capt. Don W. Johnson
Co-Pilot

killed
1st Lt. Elon Friedman
observer

killed
 S/Sgt. Kennie Varney
crew chief

killed
   
24th September 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0285 310th BW, Smoky Hill, KS Overshot the runway. Destroyed All aboard escaped safely    
   
18th October 1954
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2437 303rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Crashed on landing      
 
     
??
AC

survived
??
Co-Pilot
killed
??
crew chief

survived
   
29th October 1954
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0770 90th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS Crashed ten miles from Olathe, KS. Went into a spin while making a VFR climb
       
Capt. Norman I. Palmer
32
Rochester, Indiana

AC
ejected at low altitude
survived
Capt. George H. Miller
33
Burbank, California
co-pilot
killed
Capt. Hassel O. Green
32
Newsite, Mississippi
instructor-pilot
killed
Capt. Arthur F. Bouton, Jr.
31
Littlerock, Arkansas
observer
killed
   
25th November 1954
also seen as

2nd December 1954
[was this the date it was declared DBR?]


USAF
B-47B Stratojet 52-0083 43rd BW, Davis Monthan
assigned to the 3910th ABG at Midenhall
Major accident at Lakenheath      
   
10th December 1954
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2100 321st BW, Pinecastle AFB, Fl

The aircraft was deploying to Lakenheath. Crashed in mountainous area 50 miles south of Sidi Slimane at

Oulmes Fr. Morocco

No Ejection Seats

??

 
       

Captain Dale H. Cooper
AC
Bailed Out
recovered by ground crew

  

Captain James McMullen
Bailed Out

rescued in poor weather conditions by a 56th ARS H-19. Air Sea Rescue SA-16s an Navy PBYs from Port Lyautey

1st Lt. Max A. Brunson
Bailed Out
recovered by ground crew

 A 1/C Robert E. Hudson
Bailed Out
recovered by ground crew

   
                 
5th January 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52- 029 44th BW, Lake Charles, LA

029 collided with another B-47

during refueling and crashed, killing all the crewmen

navigator ejected and was never found    
5th January 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet    

Collided with B-47E 52- 029, 44th BW, Lake Charles, LA. 029 during refuelling that crashed killing all the crewmen. damaged landed safely

     
 
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
6th January 1955
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2086 3520th Flying Training Wing, McConnell Air Force base, Witchita, Kansas Barrel-rolled and crashed and exploded in field in Braman, Oklahoma with crew still aboard
     
Captain Wayne E. Andrew
Yellow Springs, Ohio
AC
killed
1st Lt. Joseph C. Cook
Sunland, Cal.
Co-Pilot
killed
Captain William C. Berry
Dayton. Ohio
Observer
killed
   
12th February 1955
USAF
B‑47E Stratojet  51-7033 19th Bomb Squadron Strategic Air Command 22d Bomb Wing. March AFB, CA Engine exploded and tore the right wing off the aircraft while it was flying over Saskatchewan.      
Lt. Col. Kenneth G. McGrew
Aircraft Commander ejected. Regained consciousness on descent
Captain Lester E. Epton
33
Co-Pilot thrown from aircraft when it broke up in mid-air
Major Robert Dowdy
31
Observer never left the aircraft and died in the crash
Captain Thomas Pittman thrown from aircraft when it broke up in mid-air survived three days in the sub-zero weather without food. Picked up at 13:55 Central Time by H-19 helicopter. Doctors were forced to amputate the lower part of his right leg after he was rescued.
   
28th February 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0045 68th BW, Lake Charles AFB, LA  Crashed into a trailer park while attempting to land. Two civilian fatalities
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
15th March 1955
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 52-0046 308th BW, Hunter AFB, GA Five unsuccessful attempts to land the aircraft at Hunter AFB under GCA. Ran short of fuel headed for Charleston AFB. where there was a

500 foot ceiling with 2 miles visibility in fog and haze. With fuel at the critical level the AC ordered  the crew to bailout which they did safely

Crashed near North, SC

       
bailed out bailed out bailed out bailed out
15th March 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0490 305th BW, MacDill AFB, FL Crashed on finals to landing at Ben Gurerir AB, Morocco and burned All crewmembers safely egressed the aircraft
       
Col. James W. Wilson
AC
305th BW C.O.

survived
LtC. James M. Smith
I.P

survived
Maj. William W. Richards
navigator

survived
A2/C Harold E. Schultz
crew chief

survived
   
25th March 1955
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0742 90th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS The aircraft was returning to Forbes AFB from Lake Charles AFB when it was directed to divert to Walker AFB, NM be­cause of ice on the runway at Forbes. The AC elected to land at Biggs but then decided to land at EL Paso International. Blowing dust had reduced visibility at Biggs to 1/2 mile. The aircraft crashed 1/2 short of the end of the El Paso runway.

   
Capt. Joseph R. Kingston
33
Medford Ma

killed
Maj. Jules M. Fantel
34
Topeka KS

killed
1st Lt John R. Wilson
25
Appleton, N.Y

killed
FEEDBACK Thanks to Joseph R. Kingston Jr. (grandson) for providing the crew details of the above loss in an email received 11th October 2011
   
   
15th April 1955
USAF
B-47E-110BW Stratojet 53-2277 3200 Test Grp, Eglin AFB, FL Crashed into Castle Harbor on take off at Kindley AFB, Bermuda
     
??
killed
??
killed
bnr
??
killed
bnr
   
18th April 1955
also seen as
17th April 1955

USAF
YRB-47B Stratojet 51-2054
Roman I
26th SRW, Lockbourne AFB, OH  Shot down off Kamchatka
     
Maj. Lacie Neighbors
killed
Capt. Robert N. Brooks
killed
Capt. Richard E. Watkins
killed
   
1st May 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0386 303rd BW, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ Crashed and burned on takeoff at RAF Fairford, UK
   
27th May 1955
also seen as
24th May

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-054 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, KS Lincoln AFB, Nebraska Brake parachute failure. Overran runway returning from a night navigation training mission
       
Capt. John G. Koudsi
[Captain John Kodsi]
[John Krousdi?]
AC
survived
1st Lt. Dean A. Knight
CP
survived
1st Lt. James "Jim" A. Evans
Navigator
survived
Sgt. Edward F. Seagraves
survived
 

Crewmembers of this aircraft were:

Also seen as

Captain J.G. Kondsi, 27, of Eagle Pass, TX;

Pilot 1st Lt. E.A. Knight of Walla Walla, WA;

Navigator 1st Lt. J.A. Evans, 37, of Los Angeles, CA;

Air Engineer Airman 1st class E.F. Seagraves, 21 from Stanwood, WA.

 

   
31st May 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7073 301st BW, Barksdale AFB, LA crashed and burned on takeoff
       
Major William H, Perkins
AC

killed
Lt Col Frank J.P. Razor
Co-Pilot

killed
Major Robert J. Waste
observer

killed
Airman Richard C. Olivio
crew chief

killed
   
21st June 1955
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2112 321st BW, Pinecastle AFB, FL Overran the end of the runway and destroyed by fire. All crew survived
   
14th July 1955
USAF
B-47 Stratojet EECM modified aircraft 52-0421
Blue Cradle
376th BW, Barksdale, LA Crashed and burned on takeoff at 12 minutes after midnight near Lucas, Louisiana, ten miles south of Shreveport..
 
       
Capt. John B. Brashear
35
Newport, Ark
aircraft commander
killed
Capt. L. R. Castle, Jr.
32
San Angelo, Tex.
pilot
killed
Capt. C. J. de Jung
33
Patzau, Wis.
observer
killed
Airman 1-C James Marshall Waller
25
Dodson, La
Crew Chief
killed
   
2nd August 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0397 376th BW, Barksdale AFB, LA Damaged beyond repair  after turning off runway at Upper Heyford, UK
   
3rd October 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1847 43rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Crashed near Tatum, NM, after refueling with a tanker.
     
??
killed
??
Co-Pilot
survived
??
killed
   
4th October 1955
USAF
B-47E  Stratojet 52-0580 40th BW, Smoky Hill KS Following air re-fuelling experienced uncontrollable engine fire in the wing aircraft crashed near Galva, KS
       

AC
ejected safely

Co-Pilot
unable to eject bailed out through the open bomb bay.

 

observer
bailed out through the open bomb bay.

 

instructor observer bailed out through the open bomb bay

 

   
13th October 1955
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2231 320th BW
March AFB, California
Crashed three minutes after takeoff.
       
Capt. Edward A. O'Brien Jr.
pilot
killed
 Capt. David James Clare
co-pilot
killed
Major Thomas F. Mulligan
navigator
killed
Capt. Joseph M. Graeber
chaplain
killed
   
14th October 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0500 305th BW Being ferried from MacDill AFB to Dobbins AFB. Crashed while attempting landing runway 27 at NAS Atlanta, Georgia breaking off the tail  crew escaped safely    
       
Capt.. James D. Vitko
AC
survived
??
survived
??
survived
??
survived
   
21st Oct. 1955
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 52-0336 9th BW, Mountain Home, ID

Crashed shortly after taking off from Misawa AB, Japan. The AC ordered ejection before the aircraft crashed.

       
??
survived
??
survived
??
survived
Observer
killed
   
8th November 1955
03:45z

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7035 97th BW, Biggs AFB, TX Blew up in flight, three miles southeast of Marlin, TX
     
??

killed

??
killed
??
killed
   
30th November 1955
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0785 26th SRW
Stalled and crashed at Lockbourne AFB. All crew survived
   
1st December 1955
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 52-0301 310th BW, Smoky Hill, KS Blew up in flight
   
18th December 1955
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2286 19th BW, Pinecastle AFB, FL mid-air collision with 52-535 on the outskirts of Tampa
 
       
Maj. Samuel L. Castlebury
AC

killed
Capt Robert Chamberlin
instructor pilot

killed
Capt. Lynn E. Hunter
observer

killed
Capt. Arthur M. Miller
Co-Pilot

killed
   
18th December 1955
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0535 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL mid-air collision with 51-2286 near Mac Dill on the outskirts of Tampa.
     
Capt. Robert B. Harris
AC

killed
Capt. Samuel Brier
Co-Pilot

killed
Major Frederick A. Clark
ob
server
killed
   
3rd January 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0070 96th BW, Altus, OK Hit a telephone pole on practice instrument approaches at Amarillo, TX. Crashed, and exploded
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
5th February 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1831 715th BS, 509th BW, Walker AFB, NM Crashed at the end of the runway when the undercarriage failed to retract. Destroyed by fire.
   
7th February 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2304 2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA Crashed and burned on landing. AC received major injuries
   
10th February 1956
USAF
 B-47 Stratojet ?? Smoky Hill AFB Salina, KS Crashed and destroyed on radar acceptance flight near Westmoreland, KS
       
Lt. Col. Frederick G. Wheeler
35
Menlo Park, California
killed
Captain Thomas H. Waggoner
27
New Castle, Indiana
killed
Lt. John J. Platt
26
Jersey City, NJ
killed
Airman 1st Class Kenneth R. Patterson
22
Detroit, Michigan
killed
   
10th February 1956
USAF
RB-47H Stratojet 53-4283 55thSRW, Forbes AFB, KS Crashed on take off from Ellsworth AFB, SD killing all six occupants
           
Captain Floyd Ray Shirk
29
Rapid City
killed
Captain William L. Youman
29
Columbus, Ohio
killed
Captain Robert Eugene Lambiaso
38
Peoria, Illinois
killed
1st Lt. Joseph E. McHugh
31
Mobile, Alabama
killed
2nd Lt. Charles Gosney
24
Kansas City, Mo.
killed
2nd Lt. Joseph L. Petek
23
Pueblo, Colorado
killed
   
27th February 1956
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2344 340th BW, Whiteman AFB, MO Structural failure. Crashed shortly after take
 

   
Capt. Robert Ralph Hayes
36
AC

killed
Capt. James Pete Gianakos
38
pilot

killed
Capt. Frank J. Matuszewski
instructor AOB

killed
1st/Lt.. Jack Leon Peters
26
AOB

killed
 
Photo of James Gianakos, by his son, David Gianakos via Tim Cook
   
10th March 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0534
Inkspot 59
369th Bomb Squadron, 306th BW MacDill AFB, FL One of a flight of four B-47s En route non-stop to Ben Guerir AFB, Morocco. Did not make rendevous with tanker refueling over the Mediterranean
Two unarmed nuclear devices never recovered
     
Captain Robert H. Hodgin
31
commander
missing
presumed killed
Captain Gordon M. Insley
32
navigator/observer
missing
presumed killed
2nd Lt. Ronald L. Kurtz
22
pilot
missing
presumed killed
   
28th March 1956
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2175  3520 FTW, McConnell AFB, KS

An explosion in the bomb bay tank led to structural breakup with the aircraft shedding its wings. The aircraft crashed near

East Wichita

     
Capt. William C. Craggs
Wichita
AC

killed
Lt.Col. William H. Dames
39
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
pilot

killed
2nd /Lt. John C. Leysath
24
North, South Carolina
Co-Pilot

killed
   
5th April 1956
11:40
also seen as 6th April

USAF
B-47  ? Stratojet   372 BS
307 BW
Lincoln AFB
Crashed near Ceresco, Nebrasks Crashed 15 minutes after take off near Ceresco, NE    
       
Captain James W. Sullivan
killed
1st Lieutenant Anthony C. Marcanti
[Mercanti? Marcenti?]

killed
2nd Lieutenant Lawrence A. Schmidt
killed
Airman 1C James J. Berry
[James I. Berry]

killed
   
18th April 1956
USAF
 Stratojet ??          
   
2nd May 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0450 98th BW

also seen as

372 BS
307 BW
Lincoln AFB

Crashed near Raymond one mile short of the runway

all crew were from the 345th Bomb Squadron

 
 

   
Captain Marion J. Perdue
[Marlo ?]

33
San Antonio, Texas
Aircraft Commander
killed
2nd Lieutenant Linwood M. McIntosh
[H. McIntosh]

22
Dallas
killed
photo via Aubrey McIntosh
Captain Charles H. Stonesifer
[Stonisfer]

35
Maricopa, California
navigator/bombardier
killed
Staff Sergeant William F. Rockholt Jr.
24
Fellows, California
crew chief
killed
   
16th May 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2442 97th BW, Biggs AFB, TX

number Number 6 engine failed and then caught fire. Aircraft crashed in the English Channel, 12 miles southwest of Lands End

The crew was ordered to bailout, only the navigator survived.    
 
   
26th June 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0565 40th BW, Smoky Hill AFB, KS Crashed and burned in a wheat field near Salina
     
Capt. Robert A. Galvin
AC

killed
1st Lt. Charles W. Ward
Co-Pilot

killed
 Capt. Bruce C. Harris
navigator

killed
   
2nd July 1956
USAF
B-47 Stratojet 53-2304          
   
13th July 1956   B-47E Stratojet 52-0572 40th BW, Smoky Hill AFB, KS Crashed on take off
       

killed

killed

killed
??
killed
   
27th July 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4230 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE The aircraft, carrying three un-fused nuclear devices,  was performing touch­and-goes at Lakenheath, UK. On the fourth approach the aircraft began to porpoise and the AC attempted to make a go-around. However, the right wing-tip dropped and dragged and the aircraft crashed being consumed in flames
       
Capt. Russell R. Bowling
AC

killed
2nd Lt. Carroll W. Kalberg
Co-Pilot

killed
1st Lt. Michael J. Selmo
observer

killed
T/Sgt. John Ulrich
A&E technician

kil
   
5th October 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-5230 22nd BW, March AFB, CA stalled on take off after it developed engine trouble      
 
     
Capt. Joseph A. Santino
killed
Capt. Edmund S. Temple
killed
Lt. James L. Carter
killed
   
10th October 1956
also seen as
1st October 1956

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2301 2nd BW, Hunter Air Force Base, GA landed short and was destroyed while attempting to land under GCA  control One crew member received major injuries    
   
25th October 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1933 4th BW, Lake Charles AFB, LA Crashed on take off      
       

killed

killed

killed
??
killed
   
31st October 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0151 22nd BW, March AFB, CA Crashed and burned while it was attempting a GCA landing in foggy weather Crash crews rescued all four crew men    
       
??
rescued by crash crew
??
rescued by crash crew
??
navigator
rescued by crash crew
died the following day
??
rescued by crash crew
   
Tuesday 6th November 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2421 96th BW
Altus AFB. Ok
Flight from Altus. Crashed on farm near Hobart, Oklahoma following engine problems
       
Maj. Joseph E. Wilford
AC
killed
Capt. Francis P. Bouschard
pilot
killed
Capt. Lee D. Ellis, Jr.
instructor-aircraft observer
killed
1st Lt. Andrew J. Toalson
Bartlesville, Oklahoma
observer
killed
   
   
17th November 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-369 98th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE Destroyed on ground by an ANG F-80 [Lt. Robert L. Young Nebr. ANG] that had landed in error on the taxiway instead of the runway. F-80 pilot and two ground crew ]A1C John L. Delancey & A2C Donald R. Price] were killed, four others were injured.
17th November 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4235  307th BW Lincoln AFB, NE
   
24th November 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-5233 341st Bomb Wing Major damage after it left runway on landing at Dyess AFB. Texas Crew survived    
   
30th November 1956
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-3360 32nd BS, 301st BW, Lake Charles AFB, LA Control lost. Crashed near Port Arthur, CanadaThe aircraft was flying An Operational Readiness Inspection, ORI, mission. Prior to refueling near Port Arthur, Canada, the AC was experiencing difficulty with the aileron power unit. The AC and co- pilot were unable to correct the problem and the aircraft entered a shallow right bank. The AC ordered  the crew to bailout when the right bank increased to 60 / 70 degrees and he believed it was impossible to regain control. Of the four crew members, only the AC survived. At the time it was standard operating procedure for units flying an ORI to carry nuclear weapons. Though official records make no mention of it, a reconnaissance pilot from the 91st SRW, who located the crash site, stated they were looking for the remains of the aircraft and the weapons that they were carrying

The AC ordered the crew to bailout only the AC survived

       
Maj. Robert L. Slane
AC
survived
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
15th January 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0049 379th BW, Homestead AFB, FL Fire reported as aircraft was about to land. Crashed on approach
 
       
Maj. Donald I. Cooper
AC

killed
1st. Lt. Artie W. Wall
Co-pilot

killed
Maj. Gabriel Tallone
navigator

killed
Maj. John S. Arena
in
structor navigator

killed
   
24th January 1957
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2332 19th BW, Homestead AFB, F Mid air collision during refuelling operations near the Isle of Pines, Cuba.    
24th January 1957
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2352 19th BW, Homestead AFB, F AC only survivor  
 
 
     
Major James McGree McFarland Jr
37
Watsontown Pa
AC
survived
1st Lt. James Edward Rose
28
Co-pilot
survived
??
 

 

     
Major Wilfred E. Lynn
33
Paducah Ky
AC
survived
?? ??

 

Missing

 

 
Capt. James H. Parker,
35
Rock Hill, SC
[1st ?]Lt. Earl Sebastian Chrisawn Jr.
26
Sumter, SC
Maj. William Earl Norris
41
Lansing, Mich

These crew need pairing with their crew and allocated to the aircraft serial

 

Boston Herald [Boston, MA] Jan. 26, 1957
3 Air Force Fliers Saved, 3 Still Missing off Cuba
Miami, Fla., Jan. 25, Three US Air Force fliers were plucked from life rafts by rescuers today in good condition but three others remained unaccounted for after two intercontinental jet bombers collided in darkness and crashed in flames. The three were brought to the Naval Hospital at Key West where doctors said they suffered only from bruises and exposure.
Two B47s from homestead Air Force Base collided, exploded and fell into the water between Cuba and the Isle of Pines off Cuba's southwest coast last night. They were on a refueling practice mission but a Homestead spokesman said the planes were not refueling at the time of the accident.
The cause of the collision has not been announced. Brig. Gen. K. K. Compton, commander of the Homestead base 30 miles south of here, refused to let newsmen talk to the survivors.
They included the commanders of both planes; Maj. Winfred E. Lynn, 33, of Paducah, KY., and Maj. James McGee McFarland Jr., 37, of Watsontown, Pa., and Lt. James E. Rose Jr., 28, co-pilot in McFarland's plane.
The missing were Capt. James H. Parker, 35, of Rock Hill, SC; Lt. Earl S. Chrisawn Jr., 26, of Sumter, SC, and Maj. W. E. Norris, 41, of Lansing, Mich.
Rescuer planes, joined by Coast Guard craft and units from the Cuban navy, were continuing to search. A spokesman fro the Cuban navy said the wreckage of one plane was found four miles from the little town of Santa Barbara on the Isle of Pines northern side.

FEEDBACK

regarding mid-air collision of two B-47B (51-2332 and 51-2352) on 24th
January 1957, you may find this article of interest:
“Statojets Hit In Mid-Air; 3 Crewmen Safe” in ‘The Miami Daily News-Record’
No. 179 from January 25, 1957, p. 1 – 2
<http://newspaperarchive.com/miami-daily-news-record/1957-01-25/>
It states all the names of the two aircrews and speaks of three survivors
(an aircrew of one of the bombers)!

With best regards

Joerg Windmueller

Air-Britain Historians
(Membership-No. 15437)

   
1st February 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6198 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Disappeared off the radar scope, 11 miles east of Gloucester, MA while making an approach to land
 
       
Capt. Alexander A. Wawrzyniak
AC

missing presumed killed
Lt. Stanley Jenkins
Co-Pilot

killed
body recovered
1st Lt. Stanley N. Partridge
Navigator

missing presumed killed
Capt. Orrin Snyder
instructor navigator

missing presumed killed
   
15th February 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1832 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH Damaged in a ground mishap
   
2nd March 1957
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2192 320th BW, March AFB, CA crashed shortly after takeoff. Hit the ground and exploded Crew ??    
   
7th March 1957
USAF
EB-47E Stratojet 52-0439 376th BW, Lockbourne AFB, OH Damaged beyond repair  after an accident at Lake Charles, LA.
   
7th March 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2395 44th BW, Lake Charles, LA Destroyed on the ramp by fire      
   
22nd March 1957
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2265 321 BW, Pinecastle AFB, FL Crashed while making a heavy weight take-off and was destroyed      
 
       
Captain Norman B. Horowitz
33
Orlando
killed
First Lieutenant David R. Lewis
25
killed
First Lieutenant Brian H. Rodgers
23
Morganfield, Ky
killed
Staff Sergeant Louis Grau
20
Orlando
killed
   
5th April 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0456 98th BW Lincoln AFB, NE Crashed during landing. Destroyed by fire All crew egressed safely on ground    
   
7th April 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2425 96th BW, Altus AFB, OK Crashed into Kaala Mountain on a flight from Andersen AFB, Guam on way to Hickam AFB
 
       
Capt. Don N. Rogers
killed
1st Lt. Sherwin Bozeman JR
killed
1st Lt. Frank L. Clausi
killed
S/Sgt. Haskel E. Gray
killed
   
1st May 1957
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0761 70th SRW, Little Rock AFB, AK Entered a spin at 7000 feet during refuelling. Crashed near  Pittsburgh, TX.      
       
ejected ejected ejected killed in aircraft
   
24th May 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2091 43rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ Control lost during flight through severe thunderstorms.
Crashed near Arnett, OK
     
     
Captain James Holden
AC
ejected
Lt. Cosimo Malozzi
ejected

Lt. Robert A.

McIssac
ejected

   
17th July 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7031 10th Bomb Squadron
341st BW, Dyess AFB,
Taylor County, Texas
Crashed  into Little Elm Creek  during take off  in an overloaded condition.      
       
Major  William Alec Price
40
Dallas, Tx

killed
Capt.  Coleman Lincoln Adams
35
Carrollton, Mo.

killed
1st Lt.  Frank Bernard Kelly
24
Washington, D.C.

killed
SSgt.  William Carl Burdette
23
Talladega, Ala.

killed
   
18th July 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7042 22nd BW, March AFB, CA

Night refuelling. Had increase height to avoid thunderstorms. Crashed into a mountain

8 miles west of Shaffer, NV

     
   
   
6th August 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2102 340th BW, Whiteman AFB, MO

Ground-looped during landing. Crashed at Whiteman AFB, MO.

     
       
Aircraft Commander
evacuated burning aircraft
Co-Pilot
evacuated burning aircraft
Observer
killed
Observer
killed

.

   
8th August 1957
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-754 90th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS Crashed during touch and goes. Fires broke out.      
All crew evacuated aircraft
   
12th September 1957
USAF
JB-47E Stratojet 53-2282 3245 Tech Sqd./ Grp, Air Proving Ground Command
Air Force Operational Test Center
Hydraulic problems. Aircraft became uncontrollable. Crashed near Bastrop, LA      
       
Col. Joe C. Bailey
AC
ejected
Captain Doy Baxter
Co-Pilot
killed
Captain Ralph A Harvey
another pilot
killed
Captain Robert A. Bergeman
Radar Observer/ Navigator
killed
   
17th September 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-15811  380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY

Routine re-fueling training mission. Control problems. MAYDAY was declared. Eventually AC ordered the crew to eject. The aircraft was abandoned in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between Nova Scotia and Newfoundland

   
     
Pilot
Capt Ray T. Cable

36
ejected
20,000 ft
not found
Co-Pilot
First Lt. William Stevenson
32

ejected
20,000 ft
was rescued from a raft by RCMP cutter 'Irvine'
Navigator / Bombardier
Captain Paul Pascal
42
ejected
20.000 ft
Not found
  Both the pilot  and the co-pilot ejected.   The co-pilot saw him as they floated down, but he was unresponsive to the co-pilot shouting to him during descent.   The pilot was not recovered.

1st October 1957


USAF

B-47B Stratojet

51-2317

9th BW,
[also seen as 379th BW]
confirm
 Homestead AFB, FL

AC tried unsuccessfully to abort the takeoff. Crashed off the

end of the runway

The crew survived by ground egress

   
   
9th October 1957
USAF
DB-47B Stratojet 51-2177 447th, 321st BW, Pinecastle AFB, Fl

blew up in mid

air.

     
 
pic pic pic
Col. Michael Norton Wright McCoy
321st Wing C.O
killed
Lt Col Charles Joyce
Deputy for Operations of the wing
killed
Major Vernon D. Stuff
killed
Group Captain John Woodroffe DSO, DSC
RAF
killed
   
11th October 1957


USAF

B-47B Stratojet

51- 2139

379th BW, Homestead AFB, Fl

The aircraft's port-rear wheel casing failed at 30kt. The Stratojet's tail hit the runway and a fuel tank ruptured. The aircraft burned for seven hours after the firecrew evacuated the area, ten minutes after the crash.

The aircraft was carrying an unarmed nuclear weapon and was participating in exercise Dark Night

 
   
       
John A. Edwards
pilot
killed
Captain James D. Perky
killed
Captain Thomas Thomann
killed
A 1/class William Jones
killed
   
24th October 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1891 44th BW, Lake Charles LA

destroyed in a

ground mishap

     
   
29th October 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6229 310th BW, Schilling AFB, KS

Stalled and spun in flying a LABS mission. Crashed near Falun, KS

     
     
Captain Bernard Rhinebold
killed
Captain Harold Horry
killed
Captain Bobby Hodges
survived
   
4th December 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-241 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl

crashed at the Eglin

AFB, Fl bombing range

     
     
Willie Gregory
AC
killed
Ron Farnsley
Co-Pilot
killed
Odie Rogers
Navigator
killed
   
4th December 1957
USAF
 B-47E Stratojet 52-458 352nd BS, 301st BW, Barksdale AFB, LA

Crashed when

the AC tried to abort the takeoff en route to McCoy AFB.
Aircraft hydroplaned off the runway

     
       
Captain Jack E. Farquhar
killed
??
killed
??
killed

1st

Lt. Carlton Anton Boutelle
37
killed

   
   
13th December 1957
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-186 98th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE

Landing accident. Two and half hours into the mission the AC declared a “MAYDAY” when a fire warning light failed on Number 1 and the left wing appeared to be on fire. He shut down the engines on the left wing. The AC was cleared to make a GCA landing at Duluth Municipal Airport. He overshot the turn to final approach by five miles and while correcting back and after crossing the center line the left wing stalled and the aircraft crashed. The investigation revealed no evidence of an engine or in flight fire. The main contributing factor to the accident was the weather phenomena known as aerodynamic vapor condensation that can blanket the entire wing giving the appearance of smoke. The malfunction of the number Number 1 warning light with the vapor led the AC to believe there was a fire in the left wing and caused him to shut down engines 1,2. and 3

     
Maj. William F. Gardner
AC
killed
Captain William A. Baldwin Jr.
Co-Pilot
killed
Captain Byron H. Blackmore
navigator
killed
   
18th December 1957
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0076 320th BW, March AFB, CA The aircraft crashed into Mt. Palomar while attempting to land in weather killing the three crewmen aboard.. The aircraft hit between the 48 inch Schmidt telescope and the 200 inch Palomar telescope, none of the equipment was damaged. The accident investigation revealed that the aircraft was 8 miles off course and 5,000 feet below the minimums for the approach the aircraft was flying.
     
Major Thomas Marlon Esmond
37
Austin, Texas
aircraft commander

killed
Col. Frank Wilby Ellis
40
Covington, Kentucky
pilot

killed
Capt. Frank Frederick Harradine
27
Alameda, California
flight surgeon

killed
   
14th January 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6240 2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA The aircraft landed short and was destroyed the crew escaped safely    
   
20th January 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7052 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY The right outrigger tire exploded in the wheel well at 22,000 feet near Plattsburgh NY, resulting in loss of engines 4 and 5 and damage to the outrigger landing gear, pod strut and cowling. After burning off fuel, aircraft was landed on a foamed runway by the Instructor Pilot and the crew egressed normally      
 
       
Maj John F. Fagan
Instructor Pilot
Capt Olaf K. Rosseland
Student A/C
Lt. Robert C. Huber
Student A/C

Note: Lt. Huber was later lost in the B-47 mid-air collision of 14 September 1960

A/1C Wesley L. Bender
Crew Chief
   
28th January 1958
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2220 321st BW, Pinecastle AFB, Fl. The aircraft burned after a hard landing.      
   
31st January 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0242 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl. The aircraft was destroyed on the runway at Sidi Slimane, Morocco. The aircraft was taxing down the runway in response to a Coco alert when the rear wheel shattered sending flak in all directions. The aircraft caught fire but the crew managed to safely evacuate the aircraft.  The aircraft burned for seven hours leaving a 100 foot gap in the runway. The aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon but there was no explosion. However, there was a small amount of residual radiation. Base personnel were evacuated when the accident occurred but the residents outside of the base were not informed of the potential danger.
   
5th February 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0388 22BW, March AFB, CA The aircraft apparently blew up at night over water flying a Hairclipper mission near San Miguel, CA. No traces of the aircraft were found.
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
5th February 1958
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2349 19th BW, Homestead AFB, Fl. The aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon when it collided with an F-86 near Savannah. The aircraft was ordered to drop the weapon in the Savannah River rather than risk the possibility of a nuclear accident on landing.
 
     
Major Howard Richardson
AC
landed the aircraft safely
1st Lt. Robert Lagerstrom
Co-Pilot
Captain Leland Woolard
navigator

The F-86 pilot was Clarence Stewart.

Major Richardson was awarded a DFC and the other two crewmembers received Commendation Medals. The aircraft was struck from the records on March 27th. The jettisoned nuclear weapon was never recovered.

   
8th February 1958
USAF
JTB-47B Stratojet 50-053

Air Research and Development Command, Wright Air

Development Center, Wright- Patterson AFB

The aircraft crashed and burned on takeoff. The aircraft had flown an Air Defense Command (ADC) mission on 5 February and because of bad weather at Wright-Patterson AFB the aircraft landed at Westover AFB, MA. The aircraft experienced ignition problems on the takeoff  and the takeoff  was delayed The aircraft was then scheduled to fly another ADC mission on 7 February. The Aircraft was returned to the fueling pit and serviced to 165, 000 lb gross weight T.O. The flight was aborted on takeoff roll due to the loss of oil pressure on  Number 1 engine. It was determined  the problem was with the instruments  and the aircraft was rescheduled to takeoff on 8 February. On February 8th the Number 6 engine would not “motor” due to a starter malfunction. The pilot contacted his home base and received what he thought to be permission to make five engine take off. The aircraft was de fuelled to what was to be 135.000 lb gross weight takeoff on five engines. The aircraft did not break ground at the calculated distance and when it did it was nose high and the right wing was low. At 7,500 feet down the runway flap retraction and the aircraft began a sharp climbing turn to the right.  The aircraft stalled in a 45 degree to the right at an altitude of 250 feet. All three crewmembers were killed. Factors leading to the crash were miscalculation of the fuel on board due to the refuelling and defueling of the aircraft over two days, and the decision to takeoff on five engines.  
 
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
18th February 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2154 BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. Engine problems. Minor damage
18th February 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6204 BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. Burnt on ground
[see below]
       
       

Shortly after a VFR heavy weight takeoff the AC had indications of a fire on Number 2 and Number 3 engines with wing overheat conditions. The AC notified the tower that he would have to jettison his wing tanks to keep the aircraft from crashing. The AC was instructed to drop the tanks in the designated on base drop area that was parallel and adjacent to the runway. However, the pilot lost visual contact with the runway and requested assistance from the tower in dropping the tanks. Unfortunately the aircraft was not in the proper position when the tower told the AC to drop the tanks and they fell on aircraft 53-6204, that was being pre-flighted and a hangar. Both the hangar and aircraft continued to burn for several hours.  53-2154 sustained minor damage.

 

A crew chief and an A&E repairman were killed and A 2/C Clive D. Wilson, 307th FMS fuel truck driver, was injured. M/G W. H. “Butch” Blanchard, the 7th Air Division Commander, found everyone directly or indirectly involved in the accident at fault including the AC, the tower operator, the tower supervisor, and the flying supervisor.

   
26th February 1958
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0720 26th SRW, Lockbourne AFB, OH.

Crashed on approach six miles south of Lancaster, OH. The aircraft hit the ground at an angle of 50 degrees. It was determined that the aircraft was allowed to get into an unusual attitude and/or high speed, through disorientation, from which there was no recovery. In actuality a wheel door had broken away and prevented the control surfaces to be fully active.

1st Lt. Theodore Luke Jenner
killed
1st Lt. George M. Reiley
killed
1st Lt. Alvin B. Storey
killed
1st Lt. Earl N. Fogle
killed
Thanks to Chris Jenner for providing his own researches into his father's fatal accident.
   
27th February 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0181 40th BW, Schilling AFB, TX. The aircraft was destroyed when it ran out of fuel and landed 1 ¼ short of the end of the runway at Biggs AFB. The aircraft was directed to land at Walker AFB, NM due to weather at Schilling.  The crew determined that they had enough fuel to Walker but elected to land at Biggs. One crew member was killed.
       
Lt.C. Hilding L. Jacobson, Jr.
IP
survived
Capt. Gerald A. Weimer
pilot
survived
1st/Lt. Donald F. Maisel
Co-Pil
ot

survived

1st/Lt. Samuel George Harding
navigator

killed

   
28th February 1958
USAF
B-47 Stratojet 53-6216 310th Bomb Wing Drop tank accidentally jettisoned at RAF Greenham Common

The aircraft landed safely but 53-6216 was destroyed by fire on the ground

SSgt. Carter J. Pauley
 

A1C Richard F. Goguen

Both from Lincoln AFB killed

   
 

 

11th March 1958
USAF
B-47 Stratojet    

March 11, 1958 The number three in a flight of four B-47s en route from Hunter AFB, Georgia, to an overseas base, accidentally jettisoned a weapon with no capsule, after levelling off at 15,000ft. The weapon impacted 6'2 n.m. east of Florence, South Carolina, and the HE detonated, causing several injuries on the ground and damaging property. The B-47 returned to base. on take-off from Dyess AFB, Texas.

Three crewmen ejected at 1,500ft, while the fourth was killed in the crash. The armed weapon's HE detonated forming a crater 35ft in diameter and six feet deep. "Nuclear materials were recovered near the crash site."

       
??
ejected
??
ejected
??
ejected
??
killed
   
13th March 1958
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2104 379th BW, Homestead AFB, Fl.

The aircraft crashed after take

off killing all four aboard.

     
       
Maj. Leon F. Hatcher Jr.
AC

killed
Maj. Frank H. Whyte Jr.
instructor pilot

killed
1st Lt. Paul J. Pennington
Co-Pilot

killed
Capt. George Reid
Navigator

killed
   
13th March 1958
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0013 3520 FTW, ATC, McConnell AFB, KS

The aircraft was on a normal training mission with the student in the

front seat and the instructor pilot  was in the back seat. The student was given unusual positions. During the recovery from the second unusual position, a 30 degree right wing low descent, the pilots heard a thump or crack. They then flew two steep turns. Then as the pilot was establishing a 45 degree bank the pilots heard what was described as a thump, rumble, muffled explosion, or a crack. The control column was pushed forward and the student pilot noted flames. He then pushed the alarm bell and ejected. The instructor had not completed the ejection sequence when the aircraft began to tumble and gyrate. He unbuckled his safety belt and dropped free when the aircraft went into inverted flight. Both the pilot and instructor survived but the pilot occupying the navigator’s seat did not eject. The investigation revealed that the left wing failed at Butt line 35 due to fatigue cracks that had existed for an undetermined period of time. This was the first in a series of crashes that led to the Milk Bottle Inspection and Repair As Necessary, IRAN, mod program.

     
Pilot Instructor
attempted ejection
made force bail out
Student Pilot
ejected
Pilot on Navigator's seat
did not eject
 
   
21st March 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-244 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl. The aircraft completed a series of low level bombing runs on the Avon Park, Fl bombing range. After completing the runs the AC made a low pass by the control and started a climbing roll to the left.  The right wing snapped and the aircraft burst into flames, killing the four crewmen. It is believed that the aircraft was overstressed in flight.
       
Major Robert "Bob" Alan Heiney
37
AC

killed
Edwin "Ed" Townsend  Pooser Jr.
28, Lake Wales, Fla.
Co-Pilot

killed
Major Alexander Siling
37
Tampa, Fla.

Navigator
killed
??
killed
   
   
10th April 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0470 376th BW, Lockbourne AFB, OH.

The aicraft blew up at North Collins, NY, which is 20 mile south of Buffalo, NY. The aircraft was on a refuelling track about1.5 miles in back of the tanker when it blew up killing the four crewmen.This was third crash that led to the Milk Bottle mod program.

       
Maj. Harold L. Kelly
killed
Lt Col John Robert Glyer
killed
Lt. Robert Tellier
killed
Lt. Albert B. Monica
killed
   
15th April 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet
LABS
52-0235 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl.

The aircraft took off with thunderstorms in the area and crashed five minutes after takeoff killing the four crewmen aboard. The investigation revealed that the wing had a metal fatigue crack and the additional gusts imposed on it by the thunderstorm turbulence caused the wing to fail. Supervisory error was deemed a contributing factor for allowing the aircraft to takeoff in the vicinity of thunder storms. In so doing the aircraft was subjected to the additional gust loads that caused the wing to completely crack.

 
       
       
   
15th April 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-562 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH.

The aircraft crashed after attaining an altitude of 400 feet killing the four people aboard. The investigation revealed that the fuel panels were incorrectly set. The impact of this on the crash is uncertain since the aircraft took off in the planned distance with only a slight loss in acceleration on the takeoff roll.

       
Capt. Richard D. Burns
27
Royal Oaks, Michigan
aircraft commander

killed
1st Lt. William Stevens Starley
 25
Delta, Utah
pilot

killed
1st Lt. Edward S. McKinney
25
Casper, Wyoming
navigator

killed
S/Sgt. Jennings V. Ware
23
Hacker Valley, Webster, West Virginia
crew chief

killed
   
25th April 1958

also seen as 24th


USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0322 98th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. The aircraft crashed on the ice on Goose Bay while attempting to make a take off from Goose Bay Air Base. Only the AC survived. It was determined that the crash was due to the AC For allowing the aircraft to loose altitude during the climb.
     
Maj. Ivan C. Henry Jr.
AC
survived
1st Lt. Benjamin C. Iglauer [Iglaurs]
killed
1st Lt. Thomas H. Opsomer
killed
   
11th June 1958
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0031 3520th CCTW, McConnell AFB, KS. On landing the aircraft was left wing low to compensate for a crosswind. After initial touch down the aircraft ballooned and the aircraft drifted to the right. Power was applied in an attempt to level the wings. The Instructor then immediately retarded the throttles and the right wing made contact with the sod. Afterwards the Number 6 engine, right outrigger, main landing gear, and left outrigger made contact in that order. Shortly thereafter the left outrigger and left engines were torn from the aircraft. The rear landing gear failed and the fuselage broke in back of the aft gear. The crew escaped without injury. The aircraft was classified as destroyed
       
       
   
12th June 1958

[also seen as 11th]


USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1931 2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA. The aircraft was en-route to Loring ME to stop prior to going reflex. The aircraft was diverted to Plattsburgh because of weather in the Loring area. The aircraft was one of several attempting to make GCA landings at Plattburgh. The Plattsburgh GCA had trouble making positive contact with 1931 and directed the aircraft to climb to 5,000 feet on a heading of 170 degrees. The pilot acknowledged the transmission and this was the last transmission that was heard from him. The aircraft crashed near Enosburg, VT killing all four aboard. The aircraft was found to be in a near vertical bank to the left, nose down. The investigation concluded that disorientation resulting in loss of control was the primary cause. All four aboard were killed.
   

Captain Arthur Craven
 38
Weimer, Texas

AC
killed

Photo courtesy of Arlene Craven Converse via Brian Lindner.

1st Lt. Frank. Paul Jannarone Jr.
25
Nutley, New Jersey

Co-Pilot
killed

 

Photo courtesy of M.A. Fitton via Brian Lindner

2nd Lt. William G. Gulbertson
22
Union City, Indiana
navigator
killed

S/Sgt. John James

Willis
25
Waycross, Georgia
crew chief
killed

 
   
25th July 1958
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2206 321st BW, McCoy AFB, FL.

The aircraft was redeploying back to McCoy after three weeks reflex at Loring AFB, ME. The takeoff was normal and during level off the Co-Pilot noted the elevator sowed four units nose up trim. he AC confirmed his trim position and noted the aft fuel gage indicated empty. Assuming that the aft tank was losing fuel the AC initiated emergency tank emptying procedures.  Deciding the tank was empty he discontinued the procedure and repositioned fuel selectors for engines 1, 2, 5, and 6 to “TME” and engines 3 and 4 to “ME” and began the  transfer of the fuel from the forward auxiliary tank. When the forward auxiliary tank became empty the elevator trim indicated 21/2 to 3.  The Co-Pilot  found the CG to be within limits.  All subsequent fuel management during the flight was made  on the assumption the aft main tank was empty. The crew contacted the Hunter command Post and advised them of their problem. The Hunter C.P. advised them they were in no danger  and to proceed to McCoy. At McCoy the 321st BW command post reconfigured the CG using  the Co-Pilot’s numbers. Although the CG was not ideal, it was deemed to be safe and not dangerous. The AC was advised to descend to an altitude between 20-25,000 feet, setup a landing configuration and approach first stall warning smoothly in an attempt to determine the gross weight and CG. After the gear and flaps were lowered the airspeed dropped off rapidly and full power was applied. Both the AC and the Co-Pilot were on the controls to force the nose down. The aircraft fell off the left wing in a spin. Indicated air speed was 143 knots. Recovery  was effected but when power was applied the aircraft again fell off to the left in a flat spin. The observer called off altitudes until 14,000 feet was reached at which time the AC ordered the crew to abandon the aircraft. 

       

??
ejected

safely

??
ejected

safely

??
ejected

safely

??
ejected

safely

   
18th August 1958
USAF
TB- 47B Stratojet 50-0045 4347th CCTW, SAC, McConnell AFB, KS        
   
   
Tuesday 19th August 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2267
[53-2268]?
97th BW, Biggs AFB, TX        
       
Captain Robert  Held
AC
ejected
1st/Lt.. James E. "Jim" Cason
Co-Pilot
ejected
1st/Lt. Norman E. Hermes
navigator
did not eject
survived
S/Sgt. Roy K. Schell
crew engineer
killed

The aircraft was scheduled to lead a four plane formation in a night Mass Gas refuelling operation near Follet, TX. During  descent to the refueling altitude the AC lost his attitude gyro, but he elected to continue the mission with the Co-Pilot monitoring the aircraft’s attitude. Several disconnects occurred during the refuelling operation, attributed to the fact that the tanker director lights  were inoperative. The refuelling was terminated early at the request of the tanker leader due to the thunder-storm activity. The B-47 cleared the track and proceeded to climb. At 32,000 feet the AC saw abright flash over his shoulder accompanied by a crack. Simultaneously the aircraft pitched down and the canopy departed. Loose articles were swept off the floor. The elevator appearedto be disconnected and moved freely back and forth. The AC and Co-Pilot ejected safely. The observer was thrown clear of the aircraft when it broke up. He effected seat separation and theparachute opened successfully at a low altitude.

The exact cause of the accident could not be  determined, but the most probable cause was structural breakup.

 

 

I ejected from a B-47 belonging to the 97th Bomb Wing, Strategic Air Command, USAF, on August 19, 1958. This accident occurred near Follett, Texas, at about 10 p.m. on that date.  I was the cp-pilot.  I ejected safely, as did the aircraft commander.  The navigator never actually ejected but survived the accident through what I consider to be miraculous circumstances.  There was a fourth man on board, a crew chief, who unfortunately was killed in the accident.

 

I am wondering how to get details of this accident included on your webpage.

 

Sincerely,

James E. “Jim” Cason
in email 4th April 2011

 
   
25th September 1958
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-726 90th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS. The aircraft was scheduled to fly touch and gos following a seven hour training mission. A student pilot was in the back seat. The student flew the GCA and took over visually when he reached  GCA minimums. During the flare out the right aileron struck the runway followed by a roll to the left with the left out rigger and aft gear contacting the runway. The aircraft veered to the left off the runway, en- countered a shallow contour that collapsed the forward gear and tore off the left inboard  engines and nacelle strut. The acc ident board found that the IP failed to recognize an unsafecondition and failed to take over in sufficient time to avert the accident.
       
       
   
25th September 1958
USAF
DB-47E Stratojet 51-5219 AMC The aircraft had departed Patrick AFB, Fl for the Martin Company Airport in Baltimore, MD. The aircraft began to porpoise after it first touched down and the pilot intentionally ground looped the aircraft. The forward gear and the two out riggers collapsed. The three crewmembers successfully evacuated the aircraft. The aircraft might have been bailed to Martin, it was reclaimed on Oct. 20, 1958
     
     
   
29th September 1958
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0744 70th SRW , Little Rock AFB, AK. The previous day the aircraft had been diverted by weather to McConnell. On September 29th the crew was scheduled to fly a training mission to Little Rock terminating with touch and gos at Wichita. On the third touch and go the forward gear touched first, the aircraft bounced slightly, recovered, and power was applied. The aircraft became airborne 5,200 feet down the runway in a nose high attitude banking to the right until it crashed about 9,400 feet from the approach end and 1,200 feet off the centerline.
       
 Maj. Merle T. Cunningham
killed
Lt Col Zenith Barber
killed

Captain

Richard L. Haggard
killed

Lt Col Lynn Parker
killed
   
23th October 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0402
Blue Cradle
376th BW, Lockbourne AFB, OH. The aircraft crashed on take off during a test hop. The aircraft attained an altitude of 300 feet when the aircraft dropped off the right wing and crashed and was almost in the middle of the runway when it burned. The cause of the accident was due to an improper CG of 39.9%. The result of a faulty forward fuel gage and improper  refuelling procedures that resulted in the forward main tank having 8,000 lbs less fuel than indicated. On a previous flight the fuel remaining was 2,000 lbs and the tank was filled when the fuel gage read 10,000 lbs.
     

Captain George

W. Berliner
killed

 
1st. Lt. Carl Atherton
killed
Captain Thomas A. Henry
killed
   
29th October 1958
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-824  70th SRW, Little Rock AFB, AK. The aircraft had been practicing low approaches simulating the failure of two engines on the Grider VOR at Pine Bluff, AK when it crashed killing all three aboard. The aircraft was seen to stall, made a one turn spin to the right, momentarily recovered, then appeared to drop its tail and slide backwards  The nose then dropped 65 degrees and the aircraft entered a spin from which it never recovered
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
Tuesday 4th November 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2391 341st BW, Dyess AFB, TX. On the takeoff roll an ATO bottle exploded setting the rear end of the fuselage. The AC managed to get the aircraft to where the crew ejected safely. The aircraft was carrying a nuclear weapon but there was no explosion.
       

Maj.

Don E. Youngmark
37
AC

ejected
Captain John M. Gerding
27
Co-Pilot

ejected
Captain John M. Dowling
30
navigator
ejected

S/Sgt. Robert E. Schneider
refused to bailout

into the flames that were engulfing the aircraft and died in the subsequent crash.

 
   
22th November 1958
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2199 321st BW, McCoy AFB, AFB, Fl.

The aircraft was redeploying from Loring to its home station at McCoy AFB when it crashed on takeoff killing all four

aboard.The cause of the accident was undetermined but probably due to the loss or failure of Number 6 engine pin allowing the engine to swing down. Tear down revealed no power on Number 6.

       
??
killed
1st Lt. Melvin H. Shira
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
27th November 1958
[also seen as 26th]

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4212 44th BW, Chennault AFB, LA.

A B-47 armed with a n clear weapon exploded. However there was no  explosion from the bomb but no explosion or any radiation.

November 26, 1958
A B-47 caught fire on the ground at Chennault AFB, Louisiana. The single nuclear weapon aboard was destroyed. Contamination was limited to the immediate vicinity of the weapon residue within the B-47's wreckage.
     
Captain Joseph T. Lyles
AC
killed
Co-Pilot
??
details
Lt. Robert M. Simpson
was burned and listed in serious condition

killed
   
16th December 1958
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0247 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl.  Four minutes and forty seconds after takeoff the pilot reported a fire in the right aileron pack. The AC declared an emergency but failed to make his intentions clear regarding an emergency landing to departure control. Reports from the emergency aircraft were blocked by normal communications with other aircraft. Five minutes and fifty seconds after takeoff the pilot reported Number 6 still burning and declared his intentions to make an emergency landing on runway 040. The aircraft crashed into Tampa Bay killing all four aboard. The investigation revealed that the right aileron PCU flex return line pulled loose from the coupling prior to takeoff allowing hydraulic fluid to pool in the wing and drain into the canoe fairing above Number 6. The heat from  Number 6 on takeoff ignited the fluid causing the “burnout” panel to be blown from Number 6 that resulted in the failure of the PCU hydraulic line pressure. The fire burned the aileron cable pulley that allowed the aileron cable to slip from the damaged pulley causing a complete loss of aileron control during the turn on to final approach.
       
Capt. George E. Whitney
AC

killed
1st/Lt. Joseph D. Berardi
Co-Pilot

killed
1st/Lt. William C. Bieler, Jr.
navigator

killed
Maj. Marcel F. D'Amico
Instructor navigator
killed
   
??-??-1959
USAF
RB-47E   801 Bomber Wing
Lockbourne AFB
Stalled during take off. Exploded on runway 3 ejected but caught in explosion.
killed
   
  This loss may already be within the list. Details unclear. FEEDBACK Appreciated
   
5th January 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7023 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY. Aircraft destroyed in a crash when the left wing dropped and the aircraft rolled to the right. The left wing then hit the ground and the aircraft exploded.
       
Capt. William J. Duffey
AC

injured
2nd Lt. John Egan
Co-Pilot

killed
Capt. James R. Golden
I P

injured
Capt. Robert C. Love
observer

injured
   
21st January 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2035 509th BW, Pease AFB, N. H The aircraft crashed when it hit the ground short of the runway at Plattsburgh AFB on a landing approach.
   
3rd February 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-3371 384th BW, Little Rock, AFB, AK. The aircraft crashed while attempting to land
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
11th February 1959

[5th May 1959]


USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6215 310th BW, Schilling AFB, KS.  The aircraft crashed on takeoff at Goose Bay killing two crewmen.
     
  ??
killed
??
killed
   
17th February 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4208  307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. The aircraft crashed on a test flight at Lockheed, Marietta, GA
     
??
killed
??
killed
civilian
??
killed
   
24th March 1959
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet  52-3389 70th SRW
Little Rock AFB, AK.

On a training flight. The aircraft crashed after Number 6 engine caught fires and explodes. Crashed into Petit Jean Mountain.

         
Captain Keith L. Thrash
AC
Instructor pilot
received the DFC
Captain W. A. Behrend
student pilot
1st Lt. R. B. Hetherington
student pilot
Captain T. C. Miller
navigator
S.Sgt. Roy V. Huddles
crew chief
This is apparently the first time that five people have successfully escaped from a B-47 in flight.
 
FEEDBACK

".   .   . the pilot of the 24th March 1959 crash is listed as Captain K.L. Trask.
His name is actually Captain Keith L. Thrash. I grew up with his son Ralph and knew Keith well."

Thank you for you very informative site!

John Brooks
in email 9th May 2013
entry corrected 9th May 2013

8th January 1951 USAF B-25J Mitchell 44-29935 3380AMS
3380AMG
Keesler AFB, MS
       
     
Keith L. Thrash    
   
2nd April 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2319 43rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ.

The aircraft crashed 8 miles from Mountain Home, ID while attempting to land. The Number 4 engine was lost near Miles City, MT followed by a fire in Number 5. The fire was put out and the aircraft was diverted to land at Mountain Home. Nearing the base the Number 5 engine broke loose and became wedged between the tip tank and the leading edge. An emergency landing was attempted but the altitude could not be held.

All four were killed the CP ejected too low, the AC and Nav did not eject and the fourth man’s chute was ripped on bailout.

       

Col. Herbert I. Shingler
43rd Bomb

Wing commander
killed

Captain James Harley Jr
killed
Captain Charles A. Walker
killed
1st Lt. Oscar B. Tucker Jr
killed
   
4th April 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0320  43rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB AZ. The aircraft crashed into a mountain nineteen miles from Davis-Monthan making a night weather approach
     
Maj. Kermit Wagner
killed
1st Lt. Thomas A. Wilkie
killed
 Lt. Richard L. Anderson
killed
   
6th May 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7041 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL. The aircraft crashed and burned on an aborted takeoff killing the Co-Pilot. The three other crewmembers escaped with minor injuries. Three firemen received minor burns during the rescue effort
       
??
escaped
minor injuries
Co-Pilot
killed
??
escaped
minor injuries
??
escaped
minor injuries
   
8th May 1959
USAF
 B-47E 52-0179  2nd BW, Hunter AFB, GA The aircraft left the runway and was destroyed
   
20th May 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0491 40th BW, Schilling AFB, NE. The aircraft ran off the runway.
   
2nd June 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-3344 22nd BW , March AFB, CA Crashed five miles south of base
       
Lt Col Donald D. Wynn
killed
Maj. John W. Thomas
killed
1st Lt. James M. Browning
killed
Captain Thomas Cairney
was seriously burned and hospitalized
   
4th June 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2365 308th BW, Hunter AFB,  Savannah Georgia.

The aircraft inadvertently landed on a taxiway following an in flight emergency. The aircraft went off the end of the taxiway and exploded when it hit a ditch killing all crewmen aboard except for the observer who survived

       
Captain William Ceasar Savoca
AC
wing commander and chief safety officer at Hunter Air Base,
died as result of crash on 10th June 1959
Capt. James M. Watson, Jr.
Co-Pilot
killed
Captain Gorden Mode
navigator
survived
T/Sgt. Meyer Gray
crew chief
killed

possibly
Lt. Colonel John Thompson

confirm
he was on board

   
11th June 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2129 308th BW, Hunter AFB, GA. Number6 engine blew up and the aircraft was deemed to be uneconomical  to repair. The aircraft was sent to salvage      
   
1st July 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-15805 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL. The aircraft crashed over the Atlantic near Lajes
       
Roy From
AC
ejected
??
ejected
Carter
navigator
ejected
was there a fourth crew member?
   
17th September 1959
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2126 4347CCTW, SAC, McConnell AFB, KS Practice in-flight refuelling. Made emergency landing at Bergstrom AFB 5 miles north of Bryan, TX. following engine explosion (No. 5) resulting in aircraft fire
         
Capt. James David Diamantople
IP

survived
1st Lt. Herbert Roscoe Jordan
pi
lot
survived
1st. Lt. Marvin I. Helm
CP

survived
S/Sgt. Charles B. Smith
CE

survived
A1/C James E, East, Jr.
survive
   
8th October 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-5248 307 BW, Lincoln AFB, NE Crashed during an ATO takeoff killing all four aboard.
       
1st Lt. Joseph R. Morrisey Jr
AC
killed
Major Paul R. Ecelbarger
Instructor pilot
killed
Captain Lucian W. Nowlin
Navigator
killed

Captain Theodore Tallmadge
Navigator
killed

 

   
21st October 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0606 96th BW, Dyess AFB, TX. The aircraft  crashed making a landing at Dobbins AFB      

the four man crew  escaped safely.

       

egressed safely

egressed safely

egressed safely

egressed safely
   
21st October 1959
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0702 90th SRW, Forbes AFB, Topeka, KS. The aircraft crashed near the Lake of the Ozarks
       
??
killed
??
killed
1st Lt. Richard Bowen
25
Kearney, Nebraska
pulled from lake
survived
Captain Warren Schwartz
survived

Some reports state two crewmen were killed and two survived. Did three men eject?

 

   
3rd November 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-205 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL A fire between Number 4 and Number 5 engines forced the crew to bailout at 11,000 feet over the Gulf of Mexico. The aircraft crashed into the Gulf.
       
Maj. Morris O. Beck
ejected
missing
1st Lt. George W, Eggleston
ejected
missing
1st.Lt. Franklin D. Harrod
navigator
ejected
rescued
Sgt. Norman W. Rume
ejected
missing
   
17th November 1959
USAF
TB-47B Stratojet 50-0021 4347th CCTW, McConnell AFB, KS The aircraft  crashed on take off from Whiteman AFB

The aircraft was mis-trimmed nose down

       
Capt. Herbert J. Edwards
I P

killed
Maj. Edgar Jodoin
pilot

killed
1st/Lt. Robert Lee Westrup
Co-Pilot

killed
A/1C James Redmond II
crew engineer

killed
   
17th November 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2136 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Authorized for reclamation on this date.      
   
17th December 1959
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51- 7082 384th BW, Little Rock AFB, AK. The aircraft was destroyed in a collision with an F-102 over James Bay, Ontario, Canada
       

Captain Roy Miner
AC

escaped
ejection presumed

1st Lt. Theodore C. Adams
Co-Pilot

escaped
ejection presumed

1st Lt. Hunt
navigator

missing presumed killed

1st Lt. Horn
extra Co-Pilot

missing presumed killed

 

The F-102 pilot, 1st Lt. Gaylord Beryl Treu, missing presumed killed
 

   
30th December 1959
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2261 19th BW, Homestead AFB, FL. Crashed one minute after takeoff at Torrejon Air Base, Spain
       

Captain

Alfred Z. Lobell
AC

killed

Captain Albert J. Harding
Co-Pilot

killed

1st Lt. James A. Rasmussen
navigator

killed

Captain Felix F. Flaitz
 instructor

navigator
killed

   
1st January 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-5243 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY

A landing gear relay failure led to a ground accident. The aircraft was on alert with a nuclear weapon and ATO. The aft gear collapsed breaking the rear fuselage and rupturing the rear fuel tank spilling fuel all over the alert ramp. The drains were frozen and JP-4 covered the alert ramp. Unbelievably the command post hit the klaxon and the crews started their engines and taxied to the end of the runway. Fortunately none of the spilled fuel ignited. The aircraft was recorded as having been sent to reclamation on January 13.

   
5th January 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-566 40th BW, Schilling AFB, KS

The aircraft was having trouble during refuelling when the aircraft went into  inverted spin and crashed near Hugatan, KS. Only one crewman survived from the four man crew.

       
??
survived
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
14 January 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0498 40th BW, Schilling AFB, KS The aircraft crashed while making a tower flyby for a gear check at Eielson  AFB, Alaska
       
??
survived
??
survived
??
killed
??
killed
   
27th January 1960
USAF
RB-47E Stratojet 52-0814 3970th CSG

The aircraft landed short of the runway at

Torrejon AB, Spain. sent to  reclamation on March 10th.

All the crewmembers survived. The aircraft was

   
10th February 1960
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2256 4347th CCTW
 

surplus to Tinker AFB, OK on

January 28, 1960

It was reclaimed in February 1960
   
           
18th February 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet  51-5239 4347th CCTW, McConnell AFB, KS Salvaged December 2, 1960
   
           
  On 12 March 1960, a B-47 Stratojet exploded in mid-air during a training mission over Little Rock, Arkansas, 13 minutes after takeoff. Three of the four crew members on board were killed, along with two civilians on the ground

DETAILS NEEDED

   
18th March 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7028 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL Post maintenance flight. Loss of powers, problems with landing gear. Main gear collapsed during landing. The three crew survived egressing on the ground
     
Maj. George L. Peabody
AC
1st Lt. Orville P. Vereen
Co-Pilot
1st Lt. Victor L. Hackman
Navi
gator
   
           
23rd March 1960
USAF
B-47B Stratojet 51-2154 4347th CCTW. McConnell AFB, KS It was sent to reclamation on April 4, 1960
   
31st March 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-1414 384th BW, Little Rock AFB, AK. Exploded in flight. Three crew killed. Civilian casualties [two fatal caused by falling debris]
 
       
LtC Reynolds J. Watson
killed
1st Lt. Thomas G. Smoak
Co-Pilot
survived
"parachuted to safety"
did he eject??
Capt. Hertbert J. Aldridge
killed
S/Sgt K. E. Brose
killed
   
31st March 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-1414 384th BW, Little Rock AFB, AK Exploded in flight. Two civilians [Jimmy Hollowbaugh and Mrs. Andrew I. Clark] killed by debris
       
Lt Col Reynolds J. Watson
killed
1st Lt. Thomas G. Smoak
co-pilot
survived
Captain Hertbert J. Aldridge
killed
S/Sgt K. E. Brose
killed
   
13th April 1960
USAF
 RB-47E Stratojet 52-0716 90th SRW Flew into violent thunderstorm. Crashed near Perrin AFB, MO.
       
Captain Joseph Harter
instructor pilot
survived
??
student pilot
killed
??
student pilot
killed
??
crew chief
survived
TDY to Forbes to upgrade to ACs

 

   
29th April 1960
USAF
RB-47H Stratojet 53-4309 55th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS Crashed eight miles south of Topeka
     
Capt. Paul Jones
AC

killed
1st Lt. Carl Heaberlin
Co-Pilot

killed
1st Lt. Granville Harkrader
Navigator

killed
   
1st July 1960
USAF
RB-47H Stratojet 53-4281

38th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing based at Forbes Air
Force Base, Kansas, and temporarily flying out of  Brize-Norton Royal Air Force Base in England

The aircraft was shot down in international waters over the Barents Sea by Soviet PVO Strany MiG-19s
 

     

Maj. Willard[William] A. Palm
AC
killed

 Captain Freeman Bruce Olmstead
Co-Pilot
ejected
recovered by Soviet trawler
taken captive
released from
Lubyanka prison January 1961

Captain John R.

McKone
navigator
ejected
recovered by Soviet trawler
taken captive
released from
Lubyanka prison January 1961

 

1st Lt. Dean B. Philips [Phillips]
electronic warfare officer
killed

Captain Eugene E. Posa
electronic warfare officer
killed

1st Lt. Oscar L. Goforth
electronic warfare officer
killed

USAF Boeing RB-47 Stratojet reconnaissance bomber BuNo 34281 operating from RAF Brize Norton flown by Major Willard G. Palm, Co-pilot Capt. Freeman. Bruce Olmstead and Navigator /bombardier Capt. John R. McKone was shot down at 30,000ft. over the Baltic Sea on the northern Artic coast [ over the Barents Sea in the area of the Kola Peninsula] of the Soviet Union by a MiG flown by Capt. Vasily A. Polgakov. Four crew were killed. McKone and Olmstead were picked up in International water by a Soviet trawler. They were taken by the Russians and held in Moscow's Lubyanka Prison. They were released on 25-1-1961*. Other source gives release
4-1-1961
[Fighting Jets p.86-87 - Time Life Pub.] & [*Osprey Book B-47 p. 164]

   
I2th July 1960
22:15

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2274 19th Bomb Wing (SAC)
Homestead AFB, Florida

also seen as 19th

 Number 4 turbine wheel disintegrated forced the crew to abandon the aircraft 70 miles northwest of Homestead near Lake Ockeechobee, FL
   
M.E. Saunders
AC
ejected
Captain Cassius N Davison
Co-Pilot

ejected
unk
nav
ejected
   
12th August 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6227 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY. Landed short and caught fire. Badly damaged.
Crew egressed on ground
   
14th September 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1967 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY Part of a three ship cell heading for Brize Norton. Mid-air collision with 51-7047 300 miles west of Shannon, Ireland. Landed at Shannon, Ireland.
     
Capt. John Brennan
AC
Capt. Richard Glogowski
Co-Pilot;
Lt. John Cornochan
navigator
14th September 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7047 380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY Part of a three ship cell heading for Brize Norton. Mid-air collision with 53-1967 300 miles west of Shannon, Ireland.
     
Capt. Robert C. Huber
AC

missing presumed killed
1st Lt. Duane E. Bartlett
Co-Pilot

missing presumed killed
1st Lt. Gary L. Simpson
navigator

missing presumed killed
  The three man crew from 51-7047 were never found and were presumed to have been killed.  Unknown whether or any of them ejected.
   
27th September 1960          

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-047 306th BW, MacDill AFB, FL. Crashed in Tampa Bay after explosion caused engine fire. Crew rescued by a cabin cruiser and a Coast Guard cutter.
Two coastguard helicopters sent to rescue the B-47 crew crashed into the bay. All crew (3 and 4) recovered safely
pic pic pic
1st Lt. Roland [Rolane?] W. Korte
Leigh, Nebraska
Aircraft Commander
ejected
1st Lt. William W. Simmons
Orangeburg, SC
Pilot
ejected
1st Lt. Harry A. Sheffield
Birmingham, Alabama
navigator
ejected
USCG - Helicopter 1 - Air Station, St. Petersburg Motor failed Lt. John Redfield, pilot; AD1 Raymond T. Rosier; AM1 John W. Harm
USCO - Helicopter 2 -   Cmdre Donald M. Reed, pilot; LTJG J. C. Arney; Aviation techinicians AL1 Alan V. Nabor[Naber?] and J. G. Martin [Martin or Nabor were reported as being hospitalized overnight due to swallowinfuel from the water.

 

   
   
14th October 1960
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-556 340th BW, Whiteman AFB, MO Crashed and burned while on a GCA approach
       
Major Harold J. Shea
AC
1st/Lt. Ludlow O. Clements
Co-Pilot
2nd/Lt. Frederick J. Schilke
Pilot
1st/Lt. Ralph L. Fickling
Navigator
All crewmembers survived
   
8 November 1960
USAF
EB-47E Stratojet 53-1886 301st BW,
801st Air Division Lockbourne AFB, OH.
Crashed at the end of the runway having lost two engines at take-off
         
Capt. Booker N. Vass
AC

killed
1st Lt. Curtiss L. Ford
Co-Pilot

killed
Capt. Russell Walton Cross
N
avigator
killed
Capt. Mark L. La Pointe
ECM operator

killed
T/Sgt. William H. Reed
ECM technician

killed
   
4th January 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4244 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH th 2 in a three ship MITO takeoff and crashed after losing control shortly after takeoff.
       
Captain Thomas C. Weller
AC

killed
1st Lt. Ronald Chapo
Co-Pilot

killed
1st Lt. J. A. Wetherbee
navigator

killed
S/Sgt. Stephen J. Mikva
crew chief.

killed
   
9th January 1961
USAF
RB-47 Stratojet 52-0766 4347th CCTW, McConnell AFB, KS wing caught the ground causing the aircraft to cart-wheel, break into three sections, and burst into flames killing all three aboard.
     
Capt. Bryson Foster
instructor pilot

killed
2nd Lt. Robert Robinsky
student

killed
1st Lt. John S. Keller
student

killed
   
12th January 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-533 22nd BW, March AFB, CA

The aircraft crashed after takeoff about five miles from the Palomar Observatory. The crew of four successfully bailed out but one crewmember was killed when he hit a tree. The probable cause of the accident was an autopilot malfunction.

       
Captain Orville W. Wray
aircraft commander
ejected
OK
1st Lt. Kenneth W. Baisden
co-pilot
ejected
OK
Captain Salvador Orosco
navigator
ejected
OK
Lt.Col. Erwin L. Williams
40
instructor navigator
(flying as extra crewmember)
bailed out
hit a tree, killed
   
22nd February 1961
USAF
EB-47E Stratojet  53-2169 301st BW, Lockbourne AFB, OH

The aircraft was a Phase V ECM aircraft with five crewmembers aboard, and  it crashed near Bowling Green, KY. The AC lost control at 15,000 feet during a night refuelling under marginal weather conditions.

         
Captain William Gillespie
AC
killed
??
Co-Pilot
killed
??

killed
??
navigator
ejected
survived
instructor navigator
bailed out but did not survive
   
24th February 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2347 40th BW, Forbes AFB, KS

The aircraft crashed near Hurley, WI, while flying a low-level route after an engine support pin sheared allowing the engine to drop, there were no survivors

[see also 2nd May 1961]

 

 
Capt. James P. Jarrett
Bandana N.C.
AC
killed
[previously shown as Garrett]
Lt. Theodore M. Stalmach
Miami
Co-Pilot
Killed
Lt. Gary H. Hanify
Topeka
Navigator
killed
Lt. Charles F. Weise
San Fransisco
Pilot
killed
 

I recently contacted you about the part of your site as pertains to the Boeing B-47. You have the B-47E 53-2347 listed. I was the Crew Chief of that plane when it crashed on a low level simulated bomb site located at Hurley, WI. I have the clippings from the local newspaper that has the crews pictures. If you can use them by inserting the photos on that listing I would appreciate it. If not, no problem, just delete the files. You will find them attached with the name and crew position.

 

Mike;

 

Thanks for entering the pictures I sent you on Boeing B-47 53-2347, however I made a mistake on the crew positions. Charles Weise was the Co-Pilot (no picture of him) and Ted Stalmach was the observer Navigator. There were two Navigators on that flight for training purposes. Gary Hanify was the assigned crew Navigator and Stalmach was getting the training.

 

That other part you have below that entry please delete that about me being the crew chief and having the newspaper clippings, as I get enough questions about it as it is. In fact I was on leave when it actually happened.

 

I do have the following that you can use if you like as it came from news reports in Wisconsin.

 

Ironwood Daily Globe Volume 42, Number 82 Saturday Evening, February 25, 1961 Recovered the bodies of Capt. James P. Jarrett of Bandana, N.C., the ship’s commander; 1st Lt. Charles F. Weise, San Francisco, pilot; and 1st Lt. Gary Hanify, Topeka, Kan., navigator. All of the victims where members of the 40th Bomber Wing at Forbes Air Force Base, near Topeka, Kan.  Stalmach’s body was found yesterday afternoon about a mile southwest of the crash scene, according to Air Force reports.

 

Jim Diamond

www.b-47.com

pics on desktop

   
21st April 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0475 384th BW, Little Rock AFB, AR. Aircraft left the runway, caught fire, and was destroyed
   
2nd May 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2331 40th BW, Schilling AFB, KS. Crashed near Hurley, WI on a low-level route only two miles from where another 40th BW aircraft had crashed on February 24.
       
Capt. Frank Mead Ill
AC
survived
1st Lt. Demosthenis D. Hariton
Co-Pilot
killed
Capt. John Hil
navigator

injured
[broken right shoulder and a broken left leg]
Capt. Dale B. Rasmussen
instructor pilot
killed
   
18th June 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet  53-2111 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE

The aircraft crashed after take off when an inboard engine caught fire

       
Capt. Russell Holst
AC

killed
Wally Wesner
Co-Pilot
survived
Capt. Albert Marinich
Nav
igator
killed
Capt. Alan Matson
Co-Pilot

killed

Was there a fifth crew member on board ??

   
19th August 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0296 303rd BW, Davis Monthan AFB, AZ Explosion while the aircraft was in level Flight, killing two of the four men aboard.crashed fifteen miles southeast of Las Animas, CO
       
1st Lt. Raymound E. Glaub
AC

killed
??
 
A 1/C Richard Jones
killed
??
   
1st September 1961   EB-47E Stratojet
Blue Cradle aircraft.
52-0423 376th BW, Lockbourne AFB, OH. Crashed on take-off -drag chute was deployed.
Destroyed by fire
No fatalities
   
15th November 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0347 98th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. Crashed after takeoff.
       
Capt. Richard Davidson
killed
Lt. William J. Holley
killed
Capt. Lee A. Thorin
killed
Capt. Dick L. Foster
killed
   
27th November 1961
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1905 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Crashed  into the trees short of the end of the runway on final approach at Plattsburgh AFB, NY
       
Capt. Robert Carrigan
AC

killed
1st Lt. Herb L. Smith
Co-Pilot

killed
 Al /C Robert L. Martin
Asst. Crew Chief

killed
Capt. William L. Markey
navigator

survived
   

?? November 1961


USAF
B-47 Stratojet   Lockbourne AFB        
     
Capt. Carl Eugene Kotheimer
ground egress

For his actions landing the aircraft in hazardous conditions and saving his three fellow crew members Captain Kotheimer was awarded the Air Medal.

     
 

In November of 1961 my father, Capt. Carl E. Kotheimer, was on a training flight with a B47 based at Lockbourne AFB. The plane developed in-flight issues with flaps and hydraulics. They were given permission to ditch the plane over Lake Erie and parachute to safety but they chose to land the plane. After flying all night to reduce the fuel load, they were able to get the wheels down but they folded upon landing. The plane skidded quite a distance before stopping and the crew survived.  Ironically, my father passed away 6 years later from a heart attack. He was only 45 years old.

Mr. Kim Kotheimer
in email 22nd November 2014

DETAILS APPRECIATED  - please forward any updates to this website and they can be passed on to the family

   
5th January 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0615 22BW, March AFB, CA. Crashed into a fence at the end of the runway on take off. Exploded and burned.
     
Major Clarence W. Garrett Jr.
Sunnymeade, Calif
pilot

killed
1st Lieutenant James E. Belt
Riverside
co-pilot

killed
Captain Constino L. Segallo
Riverside
navigator

killed
   
   
16th January 1962
circa 14:00

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2119 380th Bombardment Wing
Plattsburgh Air Force Base
Missing west of Lake Champlain, on training mission practicing low-altitude bombing runs over Watertown between Lake Ontario and the Adirondack wilderness, nearly 150 miles from Plattsburgh
       

Aircraft Commander
1st Lt. Rodney D. Bloomgren
Missing Presumed Dead

Co-Pilot
1st Lt. Melvin Spencer
Missing Presumed Dead

Navigator
1st Lt. Albert W. Kandetski
Missing Presumed Dead

Observer
A1C Kenneth R. Jensen
Missing Presumed Dead

   
20th January 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-2377 ?06th BW, MacDill AFB, FL.

The aircraft crashed after take off at Tulsa, OK at Skiatook, OK,

A rupture caused an explosion in the aft auxiliary fuel tank.

     
??
AC
ejected
??
Co-Pilot
ejected
??
navigator
ejected
   
10th April 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0459 384th BW, Little Rock, AFB, AR The crew was scheduled to fly a 50-8 training flight that included air-refueling, flying the Seahorse low-level route, dropping an MB-4 training bomb (blue devil) on the Matagordo range,  and a series of bomb runs against the Matagordo RBS site. After completing their mission, the aircraft headed for the Palacios VOR. Enroute, the pilot decided to fly a series of “lazy eights.” During the maneuver, the pilot lost control of the aircraft, and it broke-up and crashed  two miles south of Collegeport, Texas
     
Maj. Robert E. Goodman
AC
killed
1st/Lt George R. Wilson
Co-Pilot
survived
[did he eject ??]
Captain Leo E. McComb
navigator
killed
   
15th May 1962
also seen as
15th March 1962

USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6230 340th BW, Whiteman AFB, MO. Aircraft caught fire and exploded killing four firemen and injuring 18 others.
         
Capt. Robert S. Celmer
AC
1st/Lt. Charles A. McComas, Jr.
Co-Pilot
injured
Capt. Richard Bauer
Naviga
tor
Al /C James A. Underwood
acting crew chief
injured
A2/C John Carroll
assistant crew chief
injured
The crew survived. Egressed on the ground
   
6th July 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6211 310th SAW, Schilling AFB, KS

The aircraft broke up in the air after Number 2 and Number 3 engines caught fire and exploded ripping off the wing outboard of the engines.The force of the explosion shook the ground and it was seen over a great distance.

       
?? ??
Co-Pilot
ejected safely
??  
   
19th July 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4218 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. Emergency landing at Des Moines, IA. Burned on runway.
Crew egressed safely on ground
   
23rd July 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-390 96th BW, Dyess AFB, TX Crashed into Emigrant Mountain, Montana at 8,000 feet starting a forest fire
       
Captain Joseph W. "Bill" Faulconer
29
El Dorado, Kansas

killed
1st Lieutenant David Thomas Sutton
24
Miami, Oklahoma
(co-pilot)

killed
1st Lieutenant Frederick J. Hixenbaugh
24
Burton, West Virginia

killed
 Lt. Lloyd G. Sawyers
29
Cisco, Texas

killed
   
3rd August 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0526 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Crashed after power loss caused by broken fuel line
     
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
22nd August 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0553 303rd BW, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ. crashed into a mountain in Idaho while flying a low-level route
 
     
LtC. Raymond N. McDonald, Jr.
AC
killed
Capt. William C. Lebbs, Jr.
Co-Pilot

killed
Major Glen A. McClure
Navigator

killed
   
9th September 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-4234   On a flight from Edwards AFB to the Willow Grove NAS, it crashed just after takeoff from Tinker AFB
   
??
killed
??
killed

Only two crew on board

   
26th September 1962
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7027 306th BW, MacDill AFB, Fl.

The aircraft crashed on takeoff, the crew bailed out over Tampa Bay

     
Captain. Robert E. Glenn
AC
ejected

Captain Thomas

D. Irvin
Co-Pilot
ejected

1/Lt. Claude D. Young
navigator
ejected
killed
   
27th September 1962
USAF
RB-47K Stratojet 53-4279 55th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS Crashed on takeoff, having lost the th 6 engine
       
Lt Col James Woolbright
AC

killed
1st Lt. Paul Greenawalt
Co-Pilot

killed
Capt. Bruce Kowol
Navigator

killed
S/Sgt. Myron Curtis
crew chief

killed
   
27th October 1962
USAF
 RB-47H Stratojet 53-6248 55th SRW, Forbes AFB Crashed on take off at Kindley AFB, Bermuda
       
Maj. William A. Britton
AC
killed
1st Lt. Holt J. Rasmussen
Co-Pilot

killed
Capt. Robert A. Constable
Navigator

killed
Capt. Robert C. Dennis
observer

killed
   
11th November 1962
[12th ?]

USAF
RB-47H Stratojet 53-4297 55th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS. Crashed at takeoff at MacDill
     
Capt. William E. Wyatt
AC
killed
Capt. William C. Maxwell
Co-Pilot
killed
1st Lt. Ronald M. Rial
navigator
killed
   
11th January 1963
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2097 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE The aircraft crashed while attempting to make an emergency landing at McConnell AFB, KS.
     
Captain Paul Pudwell [Pudwill]
AC
remained with the aircraft to keep it from crashing over a populated area
killed
 

Captain Frank Medrick
Co-Pilot
ejected

 
Captain Harry Jones
navigator
ejected
   
4th February 1963
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2134 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE

The AC was landing at

Greenham Common in a snow storm with a crosswind that caused the aircraft to drift right of the runway. The AC was attempting a go-round when  Number 6 did not accelerate, resulting in a shift of thrust that caused a wingtip to drag. As the AC was fighting to put the aircraft on the ground, the Co-Pilot, Captain Richard C. West, ejected and was killed

       
Captain Paul Canney
AC
no ejection
survived
Captain Richard C. West
Co-Pilot
ejected
killed
Lt. Don Hickman
navigator

no ejection
survived
S/Sgt. Bobby Odum
no ejection
survived
   
21st February 1963
USAF
B-47E 52-563 98th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE. The aircraft crashed on a low level route near Springfield, MN. The aircraft was departing the “Iron Horse” low level route when an outboard engine mount failed.  Both the  and the navigator were unable to eject and were killed. All four aboard killed
       

Capt. Donald L. Livingston
AC
ejected
killed

Lt. Michael R. Rebmann
Co-Pilot
ejected
killed

1/ Lt. Thomas J. Hallgarth
navigator
killed

 Lt.C. Lamar Ledbetter
instructor navigator
killed

   

7th March 1963


USAF

B-47E Stratojet

53-4226

307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE

The aircraft crashed when JATO bottle burst on takeoff

The AC managed to get the aircraft high enough to allow the crew to eject

safely

       

AC, Maj. N.V. (Jim) Meeks
was killed when his lap belt failed because a gas port

hole was not drilled when it was manufactured

Lt. Larry

Talovich
Co-Pilot
ejected
survived

 

Arthur Ingle
second Co-Pilot/fourth man
ejected
survived
Captain Clifford Cork
nav
ejected
survived
   
3rd May 1963
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0051 9th SAW, Mountain Home, ID Collision with KC-135 which landed safely  at Mountain Home. Crashed near Yellowstone National Park
       
Captain Frank G. Zumbra
AC
killed
Captain Bruce A. Chapman
Co-Pilot
ejected and survived

Captain Loren R. Matthews
navigator
killed

 
S/Sgt. Lawrence E. Harrison
crew engineer
killed
   
11th July 1963
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2160 98th BW, Zaragoza, Spain. crashed while making an emergency landing. One fatality
 
     
   

Capt. Benjamin A. Quam
killed

   
19th August 1963
USAF
B-47E 53-2365 310th BW, Schilling AFB, KS mid air near Irwin, Iowa Crew details below - help needed to match crew to airframe    
19th August 1963
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-6206 310th BW, Schilling AFB, KS mid air near Irwin, Iowa    
 
     
Captain Richard Smiley
AC
survived
Captain Peter J. Nacchei
Co-Pilot
killed.
Captain Allen M. Ramsey Jr.
navigator
survived

 

     
LtC. William W. Thomas
AC
killed
 Captain Leonard Theis
Co-Pilot
survived
Captain Richard Snowden
navigator
survived
   
20th August 1963
USAF
QB-47 Stratojet   Elgin Air Force Base A pilotless Stratojet attempting a landing by remote control crashed into two automobiles at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. Veered off course on its landing approach and crash landed on a stretch of road that ran parallel to the runway. Two cars were crushed by the crash landing, killing two occupants
           
   
10th November 1963
USAF
WB-47E Stratojet 51-2420 55th WRS, Air Weather Service, MATS The aircraft landed 1,775 feet short of runway 340 at Lajes AB, Azores. The aircraft was returning to the states after flying weather reconnaissance for a fighter deployment across the Atlantic to Turkey. Aircraft damaged beyond repair.
   
5th February 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-1868 380th BW, Plattsburgh, NY. Damaged when it landed short and engines 3, 4, and 6 were torn off.
   
6th February 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0366 9th SAW, Mountain Home, ID. crashed on take in adverse weather conditions [fog?]
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
27th March 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0321 384th BW, Little Rock AFB, AR.  exploded and burned, killing the four-man crew and two children playing near a barn
       
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
??
killed
   
21st April 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 51-7049 Det. th1 55th WRS, Air Weather Service, MATS. Crashed on takeoff at Eielson AFB, AK.
         
??
AC
badly burned
Co-Pilot
badly burned
Capt. Warren S. Hillis
navigator
killed
Major Conrad L. Leinhart
evaluator
killed
T/Sgt. Charles S. Heckman
special
equipment operator
killed
   
26th May 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2296 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Crashed on landing at Upper Heyford.
       
Capt. Robert L. Lunden
[Lundin ?]
AC
survived
LtC. Robert E. Johnson
Co-Pilot
badle burned. Returned to flying duty.

[Killed in C-130 crash at Biggs Army Field]

1st Lt. James V.Mullen
pilot
survived
Capt. Lowell L. Mittlestad
27
Elmhurst, Illinois

[also seen as Robert E. Mittelstad]
died in aircraft.
26th May 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0525 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH Damaged by B-47E 53-2296 crash landing
   
3rd June 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2363 307th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE Participating in a night MITO takeoff when a fire in th 3 forced them to abort the takeoff on the take-off roll. Aircraft was destroyed by fire
     
LeRoy McMath
AC
Safe ground egress
Stanley Tooney
Co-Pilot
Safe ground egress
Tom Package
navigator
Safe ground egress
   
27th July 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 53-2366 376th BW, Lincoln AFB, NE Crashed on a night takeoff when the aircraft would not accelerate
       
Capt. Thomas E. Sutton
AC
killed

1st Lt. David C. Williams [William]
Co-Pilot
killed

1st Lt. Terrance P. Murphy
navigator
Major John F. Sakray [Sakry]
navigator
   
2nd December 1964
USAF
B-47 Stratojet 53-2398  380th BW, Plattsburgh AFB, NY The landing gear collapsed as the aircraft was landing
   
8th December 1964
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0339 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH. The aircraft crashed on takeoff
       
Major Daniel James Campion Jr.
AC
killed
Capt. Truman A. Burch
Co-Pilot
killed
Major John R. North
Instructor navigator
killed
Capt. Bennie W. Forrester
navigator
killed
   
   
26th February 1965
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-0171 100th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Collision with  KC-135 collided during an air refueling and blew up off the coast of Newfoundland.
       
Capt. James B. Reddig
AC
killed
Major Charles E. Michigan
instructor pilot
killed
Capt. Milton S. Stone
Co-Pilot
killed
Capt. Frank Velazquez
navigator
killed

There were no survivors of the four man B-47 crew or of the KC-135 crew.

 

   
3rd April 1965
USAF
EB-47E(TT)* Stratojet

*converted from a Boeing 2320

53-2320
Tell Two
55th SRW, Forbes AFB, KS On reconnaissance mission into USSR airspace. Crashed due to crosswind landing at Incirlik, Turkey.
         
Maj. Walter E. Savage
AC
survived
Capt. John W. Dubyak
Co-Pilot
survived
Capt. Gary L. Jacobs
Navigator
killed
[crushed by navigational equipment breaking loose when the aircraft inverted following the wind shear]
Capt. Barry L. Hammond
Electronic War
fare Officer
survived
Capt. Albert T. Parsons Electronics Warfare Officer
Died later of injuries
[critical burns]
   
   
28th April 1965
USAF
RB-47H Stratojet 53-4290 55th SRW, Offutt AFB, NE Attacked by North Korean MiGs over the Sea of Japan. The damaged aircraft landed at Yokota AFB, Japan
           
LtC Hobart D. Matheson
AC
1st Lt Dubuy Jr.
Co-Pilot
 Capt. Robert A. Rogers
Navigator
Capt. Robert C. Winters
EWO su
pervisor
1st Lt. George Back
EWO
1st Lt. Joel J. Lutkenhouse
 
   
Wednesday 21st July 1965
USAF
B-47E Stratojet 52-160 509th BW, Pease AFB, NH. Made belly landing when landing gear failed to deploy. Aircraft had repeatedly flown in circles over Pease AFB and the Atlantic  in attempts to lower gear for nearly seven hours. Refuelled several times. Four man crew OK
       
Captain Yale R. Davis Jr
31
Salina, Kansas
AC
Lt.Col. James B. Price
40
Waco, Texas
instructor pilot
?? ??
   
29th December 1965
USAF
NRB-47E Stratojet 53-4261 Aeronautical Systems Division, Air Force Systems Command, Holloman AFB, NM. Crashed on takeoff at Holloman, near Alamogordo, and was struck off charge on January 27, 1966. Two killed. Were there only two crew on board?
       
Captain James S. McIntyre
Dayton, Ohio
pilot
killed
Major Loren H. Brooks
Fairborn, Ohio
killed

 

   
   

 

 

Acknowledgements

 

 

Sincere thanks to
Former USAF & B-47 personnel

Colonel Sigmund Alexander, USAF (Ret) for sharing his considerable research on the B-47 and allowing me to quote from sections on mishaps.

Jim Cason - Co-pilot B-47, USAF (Ret), ejected Tuesday 19th August 1958

Jim Diamond at the B-47 Association

Captain Cassius N Davison - USAF (Ret) - B-47 Co-Pilot - ejected I2th July 1960

Wes Bender - former Crew Chief, USAF (Ret)

Frank Way - former gunner on B-29s and B-36s, USAF (Ret)

Tim Cook -
 

 

 

Ejection Seat Development
Gordon Cress
- Weber Aviation (Ret)
 

Other Sources

B-47 Association
FLIGHT Magazine
The Aeroplane
Scramble Dutch Aviation Society
New York Times
Los Angeles Times
 

   
B-47E Stratojet 53-2267
[53-2268]?
97th BW, Biggs AFB, TX



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