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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 98664
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-10-BO Superfortress
Owner/operator:65th BSqn /43d BGp USAF (65th BSqn /43d BGp United States Air Force)
Registration: 46-020
MSN: 15740
Fatalities:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 14
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:22miles NNW of Sentinel, Arizona -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
Destination airport:Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ
The B-50A exploded in mid-air after the outboard engine on the port side caught fire during a training mission at 17,500 feet and crashed in a desert after the left wing broke off. Two men survived with minor injuries: Co-pilot William T. Gentry bailed out through a cockpit hatch and the bombardier Capt. John H. Lee, who was in the gunners' compartment amidships, apparently was blown clear from the fuselage by the explosion and managed to open his parachute after a long fall.

The following crew members died in the crash:
Aircraft commander Lt.Col. Harold E. Mignola, of Oakland, CA
Pilot 1st Lt. Robert H. Stephenson, of Chickasha, OK
Capt. Fred B. Smith, of Denker, LA
Capt. Paul M. McPherson, of Houston, TX
1st Lt. Newell G. Sheperd, of Levan, UT
T/Sgt. Lewis E. Womble, of Franklin, VA
T/Sgt. Cecil B. Horton, of Springfield, IL
S/Sgt. Raymond B. Darby, of Malvern, AR
Sgt. William Stovall, of South San Francisco, CA
Cpl. James L. Jones, of Chico, CA
Cpl. Melvin E. Gelino, of Morganville, KS
Pfc. Monford E. Doughty, of Willow Springs, MO


Revision history:

01-Mar-2013 10:24 Tetrapack Updated [Aircraft type, Registration, Cn, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
23-Apr-2014 05:31 Anon. Updated [Narrative]
06-Apr-2020 14:44 Reno Raines Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Operator]

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