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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 70579
Last updated: 27 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic b50 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing B-50A-20-BO Superfortress
Owner/operator:64th BSqn /43d BGp USAF (64th BSqn /43d BGp United States Air Force)
Registration: 46-040
MSN: 15760
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:44miles NE of Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
Destination airport:Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
The B-50A suffered the loss of propeller on #3 engine about 19 minutes after take-off on a navigational training flight at 12,700 feet. The engine vibrated loose from its mounts and struck the forward fuselage/bomb bay, causing a fire in this area and the wing. The aircraft immediately entered an uncontrollable spin to the right and all five men in the forward compartment bailed out: pilot Capt. Vaughn S. Lautenschlager, co-pilot Lt. Jerome McCarville, navigator Capt. Patrick Montoya, bombardier Capt. Alvin Tonne and flight engineer Sgt. Earl Hornbuckle. However, only one of the five men (observer Lt. Arthur Weisberg) in the rear fuselage managed to bail out, the others were killed in the crash: radio operator Sgt. Robert Jones, gunner Sgt. Harold Martin, gunner Sgt. Robert O'Daniel and gunner Cpl. James Adcock.

"Faded Contrails: Last Flights Over Arizona" written by Trey Brandt

Revision history:

19-Dec-2009 12:04 harro Added
01-Mar-2013 10:24 Tetrapack Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
31-Jan-2021 15:30 Anon. Updated [Operator, Location, Operator]

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