Pease Air Force Base, N.H. – March 23, 1960

     On March 23, 1960, Staff Sergeant Joseph G. Pack, 24, of Pembroke, Virginia, was accidentally killed when the 20 mm tail-gun of a B-47 bomber was fired during a gunnery test.  The sergeant was assigned to the 100th Bomb Wing at Pease Air Force Base.  No further details are known. 

     Source:

     Evening Star, (Washington, D.C.), “Gun Blast Kills GI”, March 24, 1960, pg. C-3 

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.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/120621985/orrin-william-snyder

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

     1st Lieutenant Stanley D. Jenkins, Jr., 28, or Pendelton, Oregon.  https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/66346014/stanley-dale-jenkins

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

     Sources:

     The Woonsocket Call, “B47 Jet Bomber Crashes Off Mass, 4 Feared Dead”, February 2, 1957  

     The Aviation Safety Network. #236943

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