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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 60617
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-47B-45-BW Stratojet
Owner/operator:368th BSqn /306th BWg USAF (368th BSqn /306th Bomb Wingg United States Air Force)
Registration: 51-2267
MSN: 450320
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:One mile south of RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:RAF Fairford, Oxfordshire
Destination airport:RAF Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire
Boeing B-47B-45-BW Stratojet 51-267, 368th BSqn, 306th BWg, USAF: Written off (destroyed) July 2 1953. The aircraft was on final approach for a landing at RAF Upper Heyford when it stalled, nosed down and spun in, crashing one mile south of the airfield, killing the four aircrew on board:

Aircraft Commander, Major Thomas T Russell
Pilot Captain John M. Prinz
Observer/Navigator, Captain James D. Koons and
Crew Chief, M/Sgt. J. C. Bass

The aircraft was one of the USAF 306th Bombardment Wing's forty five B-47's from MacDill AFB, Florida, USA on a 90 day deployed 'Temporary duty posting', into RAF Fairford, UK.


2. The Tampa Times, FL - 3rd. July 1953
3. Miami Herald, FL - 8th. July 1953
4. Poughkeepsie Journal, NY - 2nd July 1953
5. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, PA - 3rd July 1953
6. Asheville Citizen Times, NC - 2nd July 1953

Revision history:

05-Jun-2013 08:32 Uli Elch Updated [Cn, Operator, Location, Country, Phase, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
20-May-2017 21:10 Dr.John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
02-Nov-2017 18:22 TB Updated [Operator, Phase, Source, Narrative]
02-Nov-2017 19:17 TB Updated [Departure airport, Destination airport]
18-Jul-2020 23:13 Peter Clarke Updated [Operator, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
22-Jul-2020 08:19 Yarbi Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
02-May-2021 23:32 Dr. John Smith Updated [Operator, Location, Source, Narrative]
02-May-2021 23:33 Dr. John Smith Updated [Aircraft type, Narrative]
04-May-2021 17:02 Fanda Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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