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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 183730
Last updated: 19 September 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
Owner/operator:54th WRSqn USAF (54th WRSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 49-0295
MSN: 16071
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:800 miles north of Guam -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Honolulu
Destination airport:Andersen AFB, Guam
This aircraft was orginially built as B-50D-115-BO, but later converted to a WB-50D weather recon aircraft.

Did not return to base from a tracking misson of typhoon "Ophelia". Distress call received.

All 10 crew members were lost:
Capt Albert J. Lauer
Capt Marcus G. Miller
Capt Clyde W. Tefertiller
1Lt Courtland Beeler III
1Lt Paul J. Buerkle, Jr.
TSgt Delivan L. Gordon
SSgt Kenneth L. Tetzloff
SSgt Kenneth L. Houseman
A1C Bernard G. Tullgren
A1C Randolph C. Watts


San Bernardino Sun 18 January 1958, p1/21 January 1958, p3A

Revision history:

19-Jan-2016 12:03 JINX Added
23-Jul-2017 12:45 TB Updated [Date, Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Phase, Nature, Source, Damage, Narrative]
19-Nov-2017 18:13 TB Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Location, Country, Source, Narrative]
22-Nov-2017 16:27 TB Updated [Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport]
12-Feb-2020 10:05 Cobar Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Source, Narrative]
06-Apr-2020 15:41 Tetrapack Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Country, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 08:33 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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