Accident Boeing B-47E Stratojet 53-4244, Wednesday 4 January 1961
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Date:Wednesday 4 January 1961
Time:c. 06:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic b47 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing B-47E Stratojet
Owner/operator:100th BWg USAF
Registration: 53-4244
MSN: 4501268
Fatalities:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Pease AFB, Portsmouth, NH -   United States of America
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Pease AFB (KPSM) Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Destination airport:Pease AFB (KPSM) New Hampshire
Confidence Rating: Information is only available from news, social media or unofficial sources
The aircraft was taking off on a routine 7½ hour training flight when it crashed, exploded and burst into flames 500 yards off the runways northern end, killing Aircraft Commander, Capt. Thomas C. Weller; Co-pilot, 1st. Lt. Ronald Chapo; Navigator, 1st. Lt. J. A. Weatherbee and S/Sgt. Stephen J. Mikva, Crew Chief.
Eight local community fire brigades fought the fuel fed flaming wreckage and exploding ammunition for 2 hours before extinguishing the fire which was spread over a ½ mile area.

Nashua Telegraph, NH - 5th January 1961
Portsmouth Herald, NH - 6th January 1961
Poughkeepsie Journal NY - 5th January 1961
Times Record, NY - 5th January 1961
Passauer Neue Presse 7 January 1961, p2

Revision history:

05-Jun-2013 12:46 Uli Elch Added
05-Jun-2013 12:53 Uli Elch Updated [Date, Registration, Cn, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Phase, Narrative]
10-Dec-2014 07:03 Ken Fernald Updated [Time, Location, Country, Departure airport]
21-Dec-2015 19:14 TB Updated [Time, Operator, Other fatalities, Location, Source, Narrative]
21-Jun-2020 14:15 Peter Clarke Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]
05-Jul-2020 20:34 Digger Updated [Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Operator]
13-Sep-2023 11:30 Ron Averes Updated

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