Survivers of KC-135 Tail Number 55-3133

Discussion in 'VMBB Find Your Nam Friends' started by frank1947, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. slopdog

    slopdog New Member

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    as I said I have photos of the KC-135 crash e-mail me at [email protected]
     
  2. Ed K

    Ed K Member

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    I was at Dyess A F B in Texas then 43250 mos
    I dont remember a crash I was on 130's having just left Dover A F B fixing C 133's I was a flight line mech never worked in a shop
    just saying hello
     

  3. Nephew/JohnL.Johnson

    Nephew/JohnL.Johnson New Member

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    Hello everyone, my name is John. My Uncle Sgt. John Lafayette Johnson died in this crash. I never got to meet him. I am named after him and would love to know anything and everything you guys can share. Not knowing much about my Uncle John has has me searching for a long time. Anything would be helpful.
    Thanks, John Johnson
     
  4. buffcrewchief

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    I remember John Quigley who was killed in this crash. John was on TDY to Utapao and was assigned to our B-52 team. I had just received my flying status and the last thing John did before leaving on that fateful day, was give me his flight suit. John was a good friend to the whole team. I wore John's flight suit when I flew my first and last combat mission. RIP John.
    Sgt Dennis Deveckx 4258th, Utapao 1968/69.
     
  5. Gordontel45

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    Wasnt John Quigley from Pease AfB in New Hampshire. I think I knew him I was on that Plane I boarded in Guam and lost a good friend Al Porter. Anyone one filed for Disability PTSD from that Horrific Crash. Its 40 years later and I am working on it since I also did BienHoa Vietnam after that - Gordon T. [email protected]
     
  6. Richard Muenich

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    I worked with Alan Major, who passed away on the Wake Island KC-135 crash. Alan and I also were roommates at Pease AFB, New Hampshire. We worked in public information together for well over one year. I attended Alan's funeral in Queens, New York. His family was devasttated. His family asked all of us to wear our Air Force uniforms to the funeral and we sat immediately behind the family at the church. They were so gracious to us.

    In 1969 I returned to Guam and did the same job Alan did in 1969. Assigned from the 509th Bomb Wing at Pease. On TDY for six months. Also witnessed the crash of two B-52D's in May and July 1969. I was about 100 yards and immediately adjacent to B-52 that went down in July. The right wing definitely came off and caused the crash. Eight people on board, including a maintenance person and a public information person from Fairchild AFB.

    I was scared to leave Guam on the very same date that Alan Major did, but only a year later in September 1969. We also flew out on a KC-135 flight to Hickam AFB, Hawaii. Fortunately, our flight was fine, no problems. I ended by duty in 1971 at Pease. The B-52's left and were replaced by the FB-111's during my last year at Pease.

    Rest in peace, Alan.
     
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  7. thomas warnock

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    was john from mississippi?

    frank, i remember this well, i was on Guam with the 454th bomb wing and know some of the guys that was rotating back, i was with one of the guys from Oregon that was killed he work in the information office when he was on Guam, after almost 50 years i cann't remember his name. tom
     
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  8. gdmoody

    gdmoody Full Time Moderator Moderator Supporting Member

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    Thomas, welcome to the forum, but the guy you quoted only posted One time and that was four year age. I don't think he will ever answer you.

    Frank hasn't been here in 10 years.
     
  9. dbcooper

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    hello from another Dyess VET

    I was 811, Security Police
    we had a KC 135 crash on take off in the late 80s

    it was a bad day for me, I was about 20 I think
    Never forget those memories and recovery
    about 20 fatalities, some retirees and one child were on the plane taking a HOP to Hickham Hawaii
    I remember them finding the kids bicyle:(
     
  10. ArcLight

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    To gdmoody, moderator:

    Thank you for allowing this thread from USAF crashes on Wake Island, and Guam. I am posting in the hope that Richard Muench or others who witnessed the 52 wing separation on take-off, the abort off of Patti's Point, and an emergency KC rough landing on Wake (nose gear off the end of the runway, with survivor of previous Wake crash aboard) may find this.

    John
     
  11. ArcLight

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    Richard Munich:
    I also witnessed the 52 wing separation on take-off, the abort off of Patti's Point, while working in the pre-launch "ball-game", and I was on an emergency KC rough landing on Wake (nose gear off the end of the runway, with a survivor of previous Wake crash aboard).

    If you still check this thread please reply here.
    Thank you,
    John
     
  12. rooter

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    Good Morning Sir...Seemed so long ago and it turned out to be that I visited with you
    all about Vietnam and accidents along the way...I saw your avatar ArcLight and immediately
    remembered that's what the B-52 raids were called upon the 'Trail there in 1968...The
    intense rumblings and vibrations caused our bunks to move around on the plywood decks
    down at Dong Ha where I was stationed with the navy Seabees...Chief
     
  13. ArcLight

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    Chief,
    Thank you for your reply, but I do not believe that I have ever "visited with you . . . about Vietnam and accidents along the way". I'm sorry if I disappoint.

    I'm hoping this forum might find other ArcLight vets from '68 and '69, especially anyone from KC landings on Wake.
    John
     
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  14. rooter

    rooter *VMBB Senior Chief Of Staff* Supporting Member

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    Thanks for touching up...Good Luck with your quest.....May I suggest your keeping posting and
    visiting on here...there are occasions when someone returns to the forum after long absenses.
    Would you like me to post your inquiry over on the Seabee forum ...during the Vietnam War
    many of the Pacific Islands were manned by Seabee personnel doing repair and maintainance
    on those facilities ....Good Luck. Chief
     
  15. Gordontel45

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    That crash still lingers in my subconscious and to this day Im scared to fly but I do it. Im wondering if SAC have a report on our Medical Damages that were incurred by the survivors I have Sarcoids in my lungs after breathing in all that asbestos and other fumes from that disaster and the VA contention is that the crash was NOT cause my Sarcoidosis. Research shows all you need is one major hit. However it was not diagnosed for some 20 years when my lymph started to show signs of damage. Has anyone filed or gotten any damages from that incident? I was stationed at Pease and was on that ill fated flight to Hawaii.
     
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