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DaveTrojan

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Back to the B-47 crash

There is a 1961 Press Photo of the Pease Air Force Base, B-47 Jet Fighter Crash Scene
available at Historic Images http://www.ebay.ie/itm/1961-Press-Photo-Pease-Air-Force-Base-B-47-Jet-Fighter-Crash-Scene-/371427180795?hash=item567ac900fb
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Sort of straying off topic, but here is a video of the KC-135 fire with USAF FD radio traffic:



You can see they had an off base fire response too. I couldn't ID the first ladder truck on scene, which is the one seen in the photo that Dave posted that is near the tail section, but the other ladder truck, the one seen in the video still, was Portsmouth NH's 1977 American La France Century Series 100' aerial. The video also shows some of the USAF crash trucks in use at the time including the P-15 (long four axle double turret rig), P-2 (shorter with four axle), a P-4 (three axles) which was mostly obsolete at this time, a possible P-8 or P-12 Ford Engine, and some other support vehicles, including an olive drab painted P-18 tanker, which would have been fairly new at the time. You can also see they brought some of the older tractor drawn tankers to this incident. Those rigs were mostly being replaced around the early 1990s.

Jeff

P.S. Sorry I couldn't get the video to not automatically show up as an image, I was only trying to post a text/url link, not the video itself.
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Nice work.  Sounds like your research and investigation is proceeding quite nicely. 

I have to admit, while recovering pieces of a plane is quite a thrill, I find the long-term satisfaction of being able to bring a degree of peace, if not closure, to the families the most rewarding part of this rather peculiar hobby that we share.   You can never mend that hole, but you can allow relatives to learn more about their loved ones. 

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Great KC-135 video with audio!. Thanks for posting the video SixbyFire. I'm going to pass it onto the Travis AFB Fire Chief for training. 
Sure is hard to put out the fire in those planes!
DaveT

PS anytime you post a video link to youtube, it automatically shows up on the message board as a screen shot with button.   
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Dave, I also have no desire to hijack the thread, however I remember this event pretty well and it was my understanding that this KC-135E had just come out of phase inspection (notice all the engine cowling is removed in video) and was being serviced with gaseous oxygen (cannot remember how much they held but there were six large bottles right above the boom pod. Apparently a stray spark somehow ignited a fire which explains the intensity. No fatalities or injuries that I remember. Cheers Ray
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Its OK, I hijacked my own thread. Its all Pease to me.
looks like there is plenty to look for around there 
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Dave Trojan - I too remember the golf course crash. We lived @ 52 Aspen on base.My Dad was a B-47 AC with 350th BS ( Red Falcons ) 100 BW. We were there during Middle Crisis.
I also remember the loss of the SSN 593 Thresher - 129 souls on board.
This Nation lost a LOT of Brave Men during the Cold War !
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My name is Robert Della Villa.I was stationed. At Pease AFB when aircrsft 4344 crashed at the end the runway. all were killed that evening. My story begins with. The night of that terrible crash.l and sgt Steven Merva were on alert status when a person approached me to ask if I had my flying time for the month.I was on flying status at the time. I told the person to see. Steve Merva because he was to be married the month after. Steve walked pass my room tp thank me because it was supposed to be a 4hour flight. His last words to me was. Thank you Dell.A very sad remderance.
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Robert Della Villa, can you provide any location information to ID the exact location of the crash site?

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My father was the Navigator on that flight.  Currently live in Maine, working at BIW.  

Nice site, and appreciate  the information that has been posted. 

Dave W.


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Dave I have been to this site a few times after Peases was closed from my record's there wasn't much laying around the USAF did a good job of cleaning the site. Did find small stuff left over.
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Hi all --

I'm not sure which of you has the accident report but I am wondering if someone that does have this, could e-mail me a copy (or tell me how to get it).  I happened upon this thread, when looking up this accident.  I am the daughter of the co-pilot of the Jan 4, 1961 accident.  (I was actually born 6 months after the crash.)  Any information/articles/reports (or links to these) would be greatly appreciated.

thanks,
Joanne
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Joanne,
My father was the Navigator, John A. Wetherbee.   I was able to get a copy of the accident report the Department of the Air Force at Bolling AFB  I would just need to make a better copy and the prepare a PDF.  I can do that within a week.  Just need to know where to send it 
There is also a B47 Stratojet Association   http;//www.b-47.com

While I was 6-1/2 years old ( Born July , 1954) , my younger brother was born in November , 1960 - six weeks before the crash.  




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I would like a copy of the accident report for my records after you convert it to a pdf file.
Can you upload the report pdf to a file sharing service like Dropbox or Hightail and send me a link so that I can download it?
DaveT 
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Hi Dave --  
Sorry to bug you but any chance that you will have a chance to e-mail me a copy of the accident report?  (I am visiting my Mom next week and would like to bring a copy of it with me.)  Thanks much!
Joanne
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