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DaveTrojan

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I visited the rare and unique crash site of a RAF Bomber that crashed in Nebraska. On November 3rd, 1961, a British Royal Air Force Vickers Valiant bomber crashed moments after takeoff from Offutt AFB. It was a first for me for a foreign aircraft and a site in Nebraska
 
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I really like that one, Dave.    Rare bird indeed.

It's nice when you have an X-marks-the-spot sign too, HA!

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Interesting story. I wonder how many RAF aircraft came down in the States? Many, many US losses over here in the UK, both combat and training. They were very lucky to get away with crash, the V bombers only having ejector seats for pilot and co-pilot.
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Just a quick note, due to an Omaha World-Herald posting of old pictures, my memory was jogged.  Years ago, when we were looking at the Vulcan bomber at SAC Museum, my dad mentioned that, back in the sixties when he was stationed there at the hospital, one of them had crashed and skidded off the end runway to drop below.  Of course he was thinking of this Valiant and not a Vulcan.

Anyway, he recalled that, when the ambulances finally worked their way down to the crash site from the base, the British crew were all standing around smoking cigarettes and one of them said something to the effect of "Well, this is going to cost the Queen quite a bit!".  The medical guys were evidently quite impressed at the coolness of the crew immediately following what had to be a most harrowing incident.

What jogged my memory is a picture of the crew in the hospital, it's here:

http://www.omaha.com/from-the-archives-scroll-through-some-of-our-neatest-old/collection_ea45f82e-6ad3-11e6-a9f0-8fa46fc71723.html#105

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http://www.mi-aviationarchaeology.com/index.php?p=1_24_Detroit-Vulcan

An Avro crash in Detroit, MI USA

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There was another Vulcan (XL390) lost in Northbrook, IL near NAS Glenview during an airshow on August 11, 1978. They say the crew of four, who were lost in the accident, steered it into a landfill to avoid civilian casualties
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I remember it well; there was a large smoldering area we could see from Techny Road. Some images of the Chicago Sun-Times coverage:

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Another location that needs to be checked for RAF bomber remains, thanks for the map. 
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I saw this RAF Valiant burning at Offutt AFB, Nebraska, just shortly after it crashed, in what I remembered was at the edge of an open field, a mile or so from the front door of my house.

One bright, sunny, and bitterly cold Nebraska morning, when I was a 9-year old 4th grader, I walked out of our front door to make the short hike to school. We lived in base housing, Capehart it was called, which was due west of the runway. Huge empty fields, today occupied by a golf course and additional housing, were between the runway and our street. Coming down our front sidewalk on the way to school, something made me look to my right. In the fields was a horrendous sight I remember quite well to this day; the broken and burning fuselage of the white Valiant billowing flames and great clouds of black smoke, like some gigantic egret fallen to earth in burning disaster. I stood there gasping at the bizarre and utterly tragic sight for a moment, then ran back inside to tell my dad and mom. They thought I had somehow “misunderstood” what I had seen. Oh come on, folks! They were trying to finish breakfast and completely disbelieving of what I was trying to tell them. I finally convinced them to come outside and just have a look. They were flabbergasted, dumbstruck, still disbelieving, then suddenly alarmed and insisted I immediately get on to school and quit looking at it. Apparently, I had come outside just seconds after impact.

Great story and photos you have here on this event. Until last evening (4 June 2018) when I discovered this remarkable Web site I did not know the cause of that terrible crash or fate of the crew. Very glad to hear they at least got out alive. Now I know the complete details. At age 66. Ha!

As I recall, RAF Vulcan bombers visiting Offutt in the early 1960s were a familiar sight, or so I remember. It’s clear now to me from your reporting it was not a Vulcan but a Valiant that crashed that day, there is no question. In the James Bond movie “Thunderball,” which came out in 1965, an RAF Vulcan is a central element of the plot. I remember telling the story for the last 50-plus years whenever Thunderball was showing, how I had unfortunately seen a Vulcan right after it crashed about a mile from my front door when I was in elementary school. Not so, I now know. It was a Valiant.

Interesting to see how much vegetation has grown up around the railroad and crash site. All those trees and brush were not there back in the day. That was all short scrub, weeds, and field grass and not very much of it in 1961. Things change as the saying goes.

The base housing area where we dependent families lived is still there, although the actual houses from our era have been knocked down and new ones built on the same lots. On Google Maps satellite view I can see our old street address and the spot where I think the plane went down, right off the end of the runway.

Amazing find to see this story after all these years and have your reporting fill in some gaps of a vivid childhood memory like this one. God bless that Valiant’s crew, wherever they may be tonight.
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I'm soo happy that I can answer those questions after so many years. 
Bringing closure to families and witnesses is what I strive for. 
Thank you very much for telling your story from your prespective of the event. 
Sincerely DaveT
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