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Does anyone know anything about a B-47E that went down near Shaffer, NV reportedly on July 18, 1957? I can't even find Shaffer...

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Sure it isn't Shafter (with a T)?  That town is near Elko...

European Stars and Stripes - 21 July 1957 - page 24
B47 Crashes in Nevada; All Four Aboard Dead
MARCH AFB, Calif. (AP) — March Air Force Base reported that a B47 bomber from this base is down eight miles from Shafter, Nev. and that a ground crew had reached the scene.
Maj Craig Powell said the four men on the plane are dead. The plane was attached to the 33d Bomber Sq of the 22d Bomber Wing.

I have the tail number as 51-7042

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 Chris,

 I've got the tail number as 51-7041. But, if the location was mis-identified, the tail could be wrong too.

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I have the loss of #51-7041 as 6 May 1959...  But I am always surprised how typos can derail or delay research... 

At least your date of 18 July 1957 seems good!


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Does it say where it ended up?

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I have that #51-7041 crashed in an aborted takeoff at MacDill.  Most of the crew escaped, but the co-pilot was killed.

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Cool. Thanks for the info. Has anyone ever been to the site in Shafter?

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Tony, I have the report on this one and will send it to you. I have not looked for it, but it is on my list.


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I had a bunch of news clips for this one but my computer crashed a few years back. I will dig around and see if I can find them on my external hard-drive. This site would be very interesting to find.


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For those who have Col. Alexander's book on SAC B-47 accidents, the MacDill crash is listed as #51. The book has the date and unit "unknown", so thanks for the update Chris!

The Shafter, NV, crash is not listed in the book.

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Hey Jeff,

 

I tried ordering that book from the author last year and he didn't respond, though we had corresponded a few times about 3-4 years back. Do you know his current contact information, or does anyone on the board?

 

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Hey Ryan,

I have an extra copy of the book I will send you

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Oh, and the s/n is indeed 51-7042 as Chris mentioned.


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Thanks Craig. I was really bummed when the author didn't reply anymore. Thought maybe something had happened to him and I wouldn't be able to get a copy of that book.


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I came across this wreck in 1995 when I was doing a senior thesis project for my geology degree.  I had not thought much about it in years.  A couple of weeks ago I was at the Strategic Air & Space museum outside of Omaha, NE and they had a B-47.  Back when I found the wreck site there was not any info online at the time.  After viewing the B-47 up close and personal I started searching for info again and found this thread last night.

Interestingly, it would seem this aircraft crashed 57 years ago today on July 18th, 1957.  RIP to the 4 crew members that reportedly lost their lives in the wreck.  I had always wondered if they were able to bail out or if they died.  Given that I had found a plate labeled "bailout instructions" at the impact crater, I presumed they had likely not survived.  

The wreckage is scattered over a ridge and in a few ravines.  There are large hydraulics and structural pieces on a ridge, then about 3/4th of a mile on the side of another ridge there is an impact crater with mostly small pieces of wreckage left.  In a ravine close to that crater are at least 3 engines and numerous parts.  

I live in Idaho, just a few hours from the site.  I'd be willing to meet up in Wells, NV for a camping trip and hike to the site.  There are a couple of options for camping and hiking to get to the wreckage locations.  Do you guys that go to these sites ever post a plaque or anything listing the date of the wreck and the names of the people that gave their lives? 


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