Shreveport, LA Bomber Crashes, May 1955


Shreveport, La., May 31 (UP) -- Four airmen were killed today when a B-47 Stratojet medium bomber crashed in flames on take-off here, strewing wreckage over a 200-yard area.
Barksdale Air Force Base officials said the big bomber climbed to about 500 feet, leveled off and suddenly banked steeply to the right, plowing into a taxi strip near the main runway.
They were identified by base officials as:
Maj. WILLIAM H. PERKINS, 35, aircraft commander, Decatur, Ill.
Lt. Col. FRANK J. P. RASOR, 37, pilot, San Antonio, Tex.
Maj. ROBERT J. WASTE, 38, observer, Chico, Calif.
Airman 1C RICHARD C. OLIVE, 22, crew chief, Huntington, Pa.
The accident was the first of any kind involving a B-47 since Barksdale started converting to the new bomber in 1953. The B47 has a speed of 600 miles per hour with a ceiling of 40,000 feet. Its normal range is 3,000 miles, but the range can be extended indefinitely by refueling in the air.
Officials said the cause of the crash has not been determined.

Aiken Standard and Review South Carolina 1955-06-01