Andover, NH Refuelling Tanker Crash, Jul 1959
7 AIR FORCE FLIERS KILLED IN CRASH.
REFUELLING TANKER CATCHES AFIRE AND CRASHES IN HAYFIELD.
Andover, N.H. (AP) - An Air Force refueling tanker caught fire on a predawn training mission Wednesday and crashed in a hayfield. Its seven-man crew perished in a thunderous explosion of 3,000 gallons of gasoline.
The huge KC97, out of Peace Air Force Base, Portsmouth, N.H., virtually disintegrated as its tanks blew up. It was en route to refuel a bomber over central New Hampshire.
The pilot was Capt. JAMES H. WHITE, who lived with his wife and three children at Portsmouth. She is expecting a fourth child. White was a native of Somerville, Mass.
Other victims were: Lt. HAROLD G. HIGH, Duluth, Minn.; Lt. DEAN H. HOLZWORTH, Worland, Wyo.; Sgt. MARION C. AKERMAN, Vevay, Ind.; Sgt. OWEN Q. COMBS, Bloomfield, Ind.; Sgt. JAKE SCHMIDT, Riverton, Wyo., and Airman 3.C. PHILLIPS K. DARST, Norman, Okla.
All were attached to the 500th Air Refueling Squadron.
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