ASN logo
ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 193439
Last updated: 14 November 2021
This information is added by users of ASN. Neither ASN nor the Flight Safety Foundation are responsible for the completeness or correctness of this information. If you feel this information is incomplete or incorrect, you can submit corrected information.

Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing WB-50D Superfortress
Owner/operator:59th WRSqn USAF (59th WRSqn United States Air Force)
Registration: 49-0343
MSN: 16119
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 12
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:300 miles NW of Bermuda -   Atlantic Ocean
Phase: En route
Departure airport:New York
Destination airport:Kindley AFB, Bermuda (19:38)
This aircraft was orginially built as B-50D-120-BO, but later converted to WB-50D weather recon aircraft.

Lost on weather tracking mission, the crash was observed by a Japanese freighter about 2 hours after take off.

All 12 crew members were lost:
Capt Robert F. Aldrich
Capt Andrew P. Stefurak
Capt Robert A. Brown
Capt William Potter, Jr.
1Lt Carlton S. Whitney
1Lt Frank C. King, Jr.
MSgt Donald R. Fitzgerald
TSgt Alfred E. Estes
SSgt Jack A. Parmelee
SSgt Harvey O. Ward
A1C Franklin D. Radcliff
A3C Scott Stephens, Jr.


La Nación 5 February 1959, p18
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 5 February 1959, p1

Revision history:

09-Feb-2017 17:37 TB Added
05-Nov-2017 17:10 TB Updated [Location, Phase, Destination airport, Source]
28-Jan-2018 17:36 j155 Updated [Registration, Cn, Source, Damage]
06-Apr-2020 15:40 Tetrapack Updated [Date, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Destination airport, Damage, Narrative]
11-Jun-2020 08:40 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

Corrections or additions? ... Edit this accident description