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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 48399
Last updated: 22 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic B52 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-52D-75-BO Stratofortress
Owner/operator:509th BW attached to 4133 BW USAF (509th Bomb Wing attached to 4133 Bomb Wing United States Air Force)
Registration: 56-0593
MSN: 17276
Fatalities:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Guam/Andersen AFB -   Guam
Phase: Initial climb
Departure airport:Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA)
Destination airport:
B-52D s/n 56-0593 was taking part in an "Arc Light" mission to North Veitnam. Target; "The Ho Chi Minh Trail" on the North Vietnam/Laos border. Started a right turn shortly after take-off from Andersen AFB, Guam (PGUA) on May 10 1968 and crashed into Pacific Ocean. All six crew on board were killed

"The May 10 1969 crash shortly after takeoff was debriefed to us as likely being the pilot following an erroneous artificial horizon display that was gradually causing him to bank the airplane while thinking he was in level flight caused by the inadvertent deactivation of the gyroscope during pre-flight and the incorrect display as the gyro wound down. The accident was late at night, over water, right after takeoff and at low altitude and the explanation was logical though pure speculation. I believe there was some corrective action taken to cover-guard the power switch for the instrument following that crash.

My crew flew a bombing mission from Anderson the morning of May 10, 1969. When we returned at dusk that evening, flares were spotted off the end of the runway. So the accident didn't happen "late at night" as indicated above. On July 27, 1969, a B-52 crashed on take-off from Anderson due to structural failure. This most likely was the cause of the May 10th accident also.

Pilot:Capt Larry Ivan Broadhead USAF killed. Wa not the aircraft commander, Capt Sipes was
Co-pilot:1st/Lt Maurice Edward "Ed" Lundy USAF killed.
Nav:Capt James L Sipes USAF killed.
Rad/Nav:Capt Russell L Platt USAF killed.
EWO:1st/Lt Thomas R McCormick USAF killed.
AG:M/Sgt Harold B Deel USAF killed.

None of the six men are listed in available unit-of-assignment databases, but information provided indicates they were from one of the B-52 squadrons based at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington.


Revision history:

07-Nov-2008 10:15 ASN archive Added
31-Oct-2009 01:49 JINX Updated
17-Feb-2013 19:34 Dr. John Smith Updated [Location, Country, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]
20-Aug-2013 12:30 Uli Elch Updated [Location]
13-Nov-2013 19:18 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
25-Oct-2014 07:11 talonflyr Updated [Narrative]
24-Feb-2020 12:03 Iwosh Updated [Operator, Operator]

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