Atlantic Ocean – February 1, 1957

Atlantic Ocean – February 1, 1957   

RB-47E Stratojet
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On February 1, 1957, a B-47E Stratojet, (#53-6198), took off from Portsmouth, New Hampshire, for a routine flight.  When the aircraft was about 11 miles off the coast of Gloucester, Massachusetts, it caught fire in flight and was seen by fishermen to crash into the ocean.  All four crewmen aboard perished.  

    The dead were identified as:

     Pilot: Captain Alexander A. Wawrzynak, 35, of Braddock, Pennsylvania.        

     Instructor pilot: Captain Orrin W. Snyder III, 31, of Memphis, Tennessee.

     Flight Observer: 1st Lieutenant Stanley N. Partridge, 23, of Cleveland, Ohio.  

     1st Lieutenant Stanley D. Jenkins, Jr., 28, or Pendelton, Oregon.

     The men had been assigned to the 100th Bomber Wing.


     The Woonsocket Call, (R.I.), “B47 Jet Bomber Crashes Off Mass, 4 Feared Dead”, February 2, 1957  

     Fall River Herald News, (Ma.), “Four-Man Crew Feared Dead In Crash Of Big Bomber”, February 2, 1957, pg. 9

     The Aviation Safety Network. #236943

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