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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 234327
Last updated: 1 December 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Owner/operator:43rd BWg USAF (43rd Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 53-1847
MSN: 261
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:3 miles of Tatum, Lea County (70 miles East of Roswell), New Mexico -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Davis-Monthan AFB (KDMA),Tucson, Arizona
Destination airport:Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
The aircraft broke away from refuelling at 15000 ft. when it suffered multiple instrument malfunctions and the aircraft dropped to 10000 ft. where 2nd. Lt. William D. Borgen , co-pilot ejected, parachuting to safety, suffering shock and burns. The aircraft exploded mid-air killing Cpt. Virgil P. Swim, Commander And Cpt. Raymond F. Lichtenham, Observer-Navigator. Wreckage was scattered over a 5mile radius.

The Ottawa Herald, KS - 4th October 1955
Los Angeles Times, CA - 4th October 1955
Arizona Republic , AZ - 4th/11th October 1955
Clovis News-Journal, NM - 4th October 1955
The News Review, OR - 4th October 1955

Revision history:

24-Mar-2020 07:15 Peter Clarke Added
25-Mar-2020 13:52 Xindel XL Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]

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