Pease Air Force Base – April 15, 1958
Portsmouth, New Hampshire
On the night of April 15, 1958, a U.S. Air Force B-47E Stratojet, (#52-562), crashed on take off from Pease AFB in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The aircraft had risen to about 700 feet before it suddenly plunged into a swamp near the end of the runway and burst into flames. The smoke from the fire could be see for fifteen miles.
One witness to the accident later told a reporter, “I could see the plane spilling fuel, then it just lit up, as though on fire, before it crashed.”
All four crewmen aboard were killed in the crash. They were identified as:
(Aircraft Commander) Captain Richard D. Burns, 27, of Royal Oak, Michigan. He’s buried in Gilgal Cemetery in Heltonville, Indiana. To see a photograph of Capt. Burns, go to www.findagrave.com, Memorial #63005578.
(Pilot) 1st Lt. Edward S. Starley, 25, of Delta, Utah. He’s buried in Delta City Cemetery in Delta, UT. He was survived by his wife Helen. (For more info see www.findagrave.com, Memorial #42217304.
(Navigator) 1st Lt. Edward S. McKinney, 25, of Casper, Wyoming. He’s buried in Highland Cemetery in Casper, WY. (See www.findagrave.com, Memorial #58413512.)
(Crew Chief) S/Sgt. Jennings V. Ware, 23, of Webster, West Virginia. He’s buried in Cool Spring Cemetery in Webster County, W.V. To see more info go to www.findagrave.com, Memorial #93245519.
All four men were assigned to the 830th Bomb Squadron, 509th Bomb Wing, stationed at Walker Air Force Base in New Mexico.
Nashua Telegraph, “Four Killed In Pease Jet Crash”, April 16, 1958