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  1. Great site. Is there any place one can purchase pictures of the B-47?
    I was with the 22d at March AFB for 10 yrs.. Thanks Tom

    1. Tom; I have in the past got a large picture (16X20 inch which I have then had framed locally) of the B-47 from the Air Force Museum at Dayton Ohio during a visit there. You might try contacting them to see if they still have them for sale.

  2. Another YouTube: “Boeing B-47 Stratojet Crash Landing,” depicts what happened when rudder was applied during flare-out, producing roll-due-to-yaw, a condition that killed a lot of crews. Luckily, Capt Jack Reynolds, the IP, and crew survived this one. “Crash Landing” is not quite correct. The plane crashed while landing. (I was there, Forbes AFB) EJM

    1. Earl; I have posted the YouTube on the “Media Page.” Thanks for the tip. I am pretty sure that was RB-47 52-726

    2. I was there also. I was an aircraft electrician with the 90th FMS. Someone came running into our shop and yelled “a plane crash.” We all ran out and saw the black smoke rising from the end of the runway. I also worked on that airplane.

  3. In Aug 1964, I was assigned to 3918 CAM Squadron APO 194. Does anyone know where that was? I do know it was in England. I don’t know which base.

      1. Thanks Jim,
        Thats exactly what I remembered. I spent 3 weeks at Upper-Heyford in Sept. “64. I wonder why I went there instead of Brize. My orders show I went with SSGT Ronald Stanford, so I’m sure we had a plane there too.

  4. Jim,
    I am researching a B47 crash that happened in Bird City, KS. The plane caught fire and landed in a pasture. I believe that a Skeen (not sure on spelling) was a survivor that parachuted out and there was also another one but unsure of name, the other two (?) never made it out. The current memorial at the crash site is almost gone and I am currently gathering information and will be erecting a new memorial in the near future. Any information would be greatly appreciated. What information I have leads me to believe it took off from Omaha.

    1. Ron; The accident occurred 6 Juty 1962 B-47E 53-6211, 310th BW, Schilling AFB, KS. The aircraft broke up in flight after # 2 and # 3 engines caught fire and exploded. The wing outboard of the engines was ripped off from overstressing after the two engines exploded, the copilot ejected safely. The force of the explosion shook the ground and it was seen as far as 140 miles away. One crew member survived, (name unknown) two killed (names unknown).

    2. I was the Air Force photographer at the scene of the B47 accident at Bird City, Kansas. I do not know the name of the co-pilot but the names of the men killed were First Lieutenants Douglas P. Bishop and Harry D. Welborne

      1. To varify go on this site to B47 Losses click on Losses and ejections.Some of the crashes do post the crew names and photos

  5. FYI, my book, Jet Age Man-SAC B-47 & B-52 Operations in the Early Cold War contains list & narratives of all ’47 losses during the period.

  6. Sir: I was in the support section ( 100th OMS). at Pease AFB in 1965. We re-fueled all the aircraft of the 100th B.W. As you are aware we lost 4 dedicated officers in a crash occurring at Pease on take off that year. The reason for the crash was the fuel load was wrong because of my section. I have read much over the years about the characteristics of the B-47. Is it your true that the fuel load was was wrong and caused by the support section. I knew the Airman First class that paneled and filled out the fuel load. The Staff Sgt in charge signed the fuel load sheet but I think he thought the Airman knew what he was doing was correct? Any comments will be appreciated.
    Dennis Erickson.

  7. I was stationed Forbes AFB 55th A&E. 32350c February 1957 to July 1960
    APO 328. Yakota AFB japan. Radar and tail guns
    Met the copilot that was shot down over the Barent Sea April 1960. He worked at a hobby shop Annapolis Md. I think the tail number 34294.
    There was a B-47 that crashed doing touch and goes. I don’t think anyone was killed
    During the time I was at Forbes AFB I heard a couple RB-47s crashed do to an error altimeter or artificial horizon. Correct for bad information on landing

    I said I would never wear another uniform, & what did I do. 26 years as a cop at Baltimore. I have a picture of 34294 I took from a KC-97 over Japan.

    1. Robert,
      You were stationed at Forbes during period when my father’s RB-47H went down southeast of Topeka on April 29, 1960. My father was Lt. Granville Gene Harkrader, navigator. I was 16 months old and had a 3 yr old sister and a one month old sister.
      If you can provide any details you may remember, I would be very grateful.

    2. Robert, were you at Forbes on April 29, 1960? My father’s RB 47H crash killed all 3 crew members. If you remember any information, I appreciate you sharing. I was just over a year old at the time and have very little information regarding the crash.
      Thank you,

  8. On 11 Mar 1958, a B-47 from the 357th Bombardment Squadron of the 308th Bombardment Wing in Operation Snow Flurry accidentally dropped a bomb on Mars Bluff S.C. I am writing a movie based in part on that accident. I know that there was an inquiry afterwards. I am looking for a transcript of that inquiry or from the radio transmissions. I hate it as bad as anybody else when Hollywood makes up lines in a movie. I want to keep it as realistic as possible. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Stan Brewer (e-mail Brewers@ftc-i.net)

  9. Hello – My father was a Nav in B-47’s for a number of years. He survived a crash at Sidi 27th January 1960. I have photo’s of that crash I’d like to send to this web site. Please let me know how to do this. (email attached).

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