Portsmouth, NH Bomber Crashes, Apr 1958


Portsmouth, N.H. (AP) -- A B-47 jet bomber crashed and burned on takeoff Tuesday night at Pease Air Force Base killing four men.
An Air Force public information officer said the bomber taking off here had climbed several hundred feet when it dived into the ground. There was no explosion.
An Air Force spokesman here said four men were aboard.
The plane came down at 7:04 p.m. just off Highway 101, in an area that used to be part of the Portsmouth Country Club's golf course before the Air Force took the land. The bomber crashed just off swampy ground at the end of the runway.
It was the first crash on the base, which has been in operation two years.
The Air Force identified the victims as:
the aircraft commander, 1st Lt. RICHARD D. BURNS, 27, Royal Oaks, Mich.
navigator, 1st Lt. EDWARD S. McKINNEY, 25, Casper, Wyo.
pilot, 1st Lt. WILLIAM S. STARLEY, 25, Delta, Utah.
S. Sgt. JENNINGS V. WARE, 23, Hacker Valley, Webster, W. Va.
WARE was the crew chief.

Montana Standard Butte 1958-04-16