Thoughts and Prayers for the Recent B52 Accident
Guys and Gals, I am sure you all have seen this in the news...Please give these heroes your thoughts and prayers. This was my old Jet 0053 and I flew on her many times back in the mid-late 90's. I only knew one of the crew members Capt Dodson; he was a true patriot and friend.
Officials at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., have announced the names of the six B-52 crew members killed when their Stratofortress crashed Monday off the coast of Guam.
Five were deployed to Guam from Barksdale’s 20th Expeditionary Bomb Squadron:
* Maj. Christopher M. Cooper, 33, aircraft commander.
* Maj. Brent D. Williams, 37, navigator.
* Capt. Michael K. Dodson, 31, co-pilot.
* 1st Lt. Joshua D. Shepherd, 26, navigator.
* 1st Lt. Robert D. Gerren, 32, electronic warfare officer.
The sixth crew member, Col. George Martin was deputy commander of 36th Medical Group at Andersen Air Force Base.
All were declared deceased at 10 p.m. Central Standard Time on Tuesday.
“Losing this bomber crew has been a tragedy felt by everyone here and across the Air Force,” said Brig. Gen. Doug Owens, 36th Wing commander, in an Andersen press release. “Our deepest sympathies and prayers are with the families of these airmen as we continue to support them during this difficult time.”