Thoughts and Prayers for the Recent B52 Accident

Thoughts and Prayers for the Recent B52 Accident

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    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.”


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    “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.”


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    As an old SAC member,I'll say AMEN.
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    Such a tragic loss. My prayers to the families.
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    Wow, sorry for your tragic loss of an old friend but I sure haven't heard a word about this on any news.
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    It is a loss indeed. The aircrew's are some of the last of the old school bomber crews, all gave their lives up so young for us.
    Going to grade school within a stone throw of MacDill AFB, I have a soft spot for the 52's and the huge shadow they cast flying over the playground.

    B52, that has to be an spooky feeling that it was your jet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deadeye72 View Post
    Such a tragic loss. My prayers to the families.
    and a +1 to that
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    We salute these men and send prayers on behalf of the families.
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    Thoughts and prayers for their families and friends, gotta love those planes and their crews.
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    A sad event. Lots of questions... as a previous mishap investigator, I am very curious about the chain of events.

    Never flew "balls 53" but I'm sure it was a fine jet.

    Prayers for their families and unit members. Been there and it's a very tough time.
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    May the Airmen rest in peace.

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    Sixto, it is a very sickning feeling that this was my old bird. I was the primary flying crew chief on this BUFF back in the day for about five years. I talked to my buddy; he is now the primary and opted out of the flight because he was feeling ill. He feels lucky, but horrible all at the same time...It still seems like a bad dream.

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    My condolences...

    I did not know any of the crew members personally...being a former C2 guy at KBAD, I'm sure I trained with a few of the older crew members (not the Col).
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    My condolences, as a former C-5 crewmember I know the sinking feeling of looking at a crew list and seeing the names of friends lost.

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