Cowart, Erwin Hall, Capt
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1967-1967, 1115A, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
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1950 - 1967

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Ramey AFB

Date of Passing
Jul 05, 1967
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Captain Erwin Cowart was the co-pilot aboard the B-52G (#57-6494) that crashed on take off from Ramey AFB, Puerto Rico on 5 July 1967.   The aircraft and crew served with the 72nd Bomb Wing at Ramey AFB (Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, USA). 

Incident report from:  

"Crew S-05. Aircraft climbed straight out on the runway heading and it appeared normal until it reached an altitude of approximately 3000 feet and a distance of 5 miles from the take-off position. At this time a steep nose-over maneuver was noticed and the aircraft continued down in a steep dive until it disappeared below the horizon. Three crewmen ejected and survived. The aircraft struck the ocean at a steep angle. Later analysis indicated that the life raft stowed behind the co-pilot inflated, pushing him into the control yoke."

The aircraft crashed into the water.  Military divers recovered the remains of those killed in the incident.

Captain Donald Foster, Aircraft Commander, killed (Columbia, SC)
Captain Erwin Cowart, Co-pilot , killed (Twin City, GA) 
1st Lt. Richard St. George, EWO,  killed (Watsonville, CA)
Captain Taivo Patajan, Radar Navigator or Navigator, ejected/survived (Fresno, CA)  
1st Lt. Paul Grimm, Radar-Navigator or Navigator, ejected/survived (Jacksonville, FL)
SSgt Leroy Spencer, Crew Chief, killed (Morrice, MI) 
T.Sgt. Ronald Hagis, Gunner,
ejected/survived  (Angleton, TX)

Captain Cowart was interred in Hebron Cemetery, Garfield, Emanuel County, Georgia.
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Text:  "AF Divers Seek Bodies in Bomber", Daily Review  (Hayward, California),  6 July 1967, page 2. (Lists crew names, etc..)

Text:   USAF Accident-Incident Report AF Form 711, 1967 July 25
s/Otis A. Sleep, Major, Investigating Officer   (this text to be found on line)

Note: Memorials for Captain Cowart at Hebron Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Garfield, Emanuel, Georgia and at Arlington National Cemetery, Virgina.

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72nd Bombardment Wing60th Bombardment Squadron, HeavyStrategic Air Command (SAC)
  1967-1967, 1115A, 72nd Bombardment Wing
  1967-1967, 1115A, 60th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1967-1967, 1115A, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
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