March 30, 1961 B 52 Crashed near Denton NC, Photos and History View This Page at Google Document Here.....................
The explosion brightened the skies and shook the ground for miles around, located on the John Frank Farm four miles west of Denton and two miles south of Silver Hill mine. Read more..........
Crew picture is courtesy Lt. Colonel Glen C. Farnham. USAF Ret. border & graphics courtesy Lowe Garner, Denton NC
The casualties were:
Capt. WILLIAM D. McMULLEN, 36, commander/pilot, Bad Axe, Mich.
Capt. WILLIAM W. FARMER, 29, co-pilot, Wilson, N.C.
Capt. ROBERT M. MORGENROTH, 31, radar navigator, Christiana, Penn.
Capt. GEORGE W. BEALE, 34, competition observer, Bowling Green, Virginia.
Sgt. JAMES H. FULTS, 29, instructor gunner, Tracy City, Tenn.
Airman First Class ROBERT N. GASKEY, 28, Providence, R.I.
The survivors were:
Major WILBUR F. MINNICH, 40, Des Plaines, Illinois.
First Lt. GLEN C. FARNHAM, 25, electronics warfare officer, Loveland, Texas.
The survivors bailed out at 50,000 feet and landed six to seven miles away from the crash site. Major MINNICH, the navigator, suffered a dislocated arm when he bailed out. Lt. FARNHAM complained of back pains but was apparently unhurt.
The two stated that the plane, an eight-engined jet, was on a routine mission from Dow Air Force Base in Maine. Its destination was not revealed.
Minutes before the explosion the plane had attempted to make contact with a KC-135 jet tanker to be refuled in flight.
The aircraft crashed in the Silver Hill township west of Denton at approximately 9:15 p.m. The aircraft was totally destroyed.
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8th Air Force Museum in Bosier City, Louisana, along their "Mall of Memories.
“In Praise Of Older Bombers”
March 30, 1961 B-52 Crash Memorial
For nearly five decades, the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress has stood as a symbol of America's determination to defend liberty and freedom around the world.
This remarkable aircraft has achieved an unparalleled record of versatility, endurance and precision, even in a world of constantly shifting combat environments and technology.
With continuing upgrades, the "Buff" will be a potent asset the twenty-first century.
March 30, 1961 B-52 Crash Memorial
The B-52H "Buff” remains one of the most formidable aircraft in the word today. "Mountain Fortress" depicts B-52H # 1040 during a low level mission. The sheer size of this giant makes for some interesting flying at this altitude.
This is a later model of the one that crashed near Denton. Thanks to the sacrifices of the many brave crews who pioneered the B-52 to its modern adaptation.
This Exhibit Is Available For Public Display Upon Request
Contact: Lowe Garner at 336-859-2937 Denton NC
the crew picture is courtesy Lt. Colonel Glen C. Farnham. USAF Ret.
border & graphics courtesy Lowe Garner
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There's nothing like the good ole days! They were good then, and they're good now when we think about them.
Sub Pages: 1933 Denton Baseball Field Contract Bert Lanier Churches Denton NCContributions of BI Harrison told by grandson Jim Harrison Denton Depot HP T D Railroad Denton Doctor History Denton Folks Denton Misc old building photos Denton NC first Fire Truck Denton School History/Photos Howell Harrison contributions to the growth and development of Denton.Jabber Lanier story by Buddy Max Lanier Veterans of Denton Area
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