Beach, Dean Louis, Maj

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Last Rank
Major
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1115A-Pilot
Last AFSC Group
Aircrew
Primary Unit
1968-1968, 1115A, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
Service Years
1951 - 1968
Major

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Home State
Michigan
Michigan
Year of Birth
1928
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Vestaburg
Last Address
Mather AFB, CA; TDY to U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand



Casualty Date
Oct 01, 1968
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Thailand
Conflict
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Ferris Center Cemetery - Vestaburg, Michigan
Wall/Plot Coordinates
41W 021

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 Unit Assignments
904th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy320th Bombardment WingStrategic Air Command (SAC)
  1968-1968, 1115A, 904th Air Refueling Squadron, Heavy
  1968-1968, 1115A, 320th Bombardment Wing
  1968-1968, 1115A, Strategic Air Command (SAC)
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  1968-1968 Vietnam Air Offensive Phase III Campaign (1968)
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KC-135 Stratotanker  
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Major Beach graduated from Central Michigan State College with a B.S. in Biology.

Major Beach served with SAC, at U-Tapao RTAFB, Thailand during Arc Light, flying a KC-135A-BN Stratotanker (# 55-3138). The 904th ARF Squadron was TDY from Mather AFB, California. This was his second tour in SEA.

He was killed along with his crew on take off from U-Tapao RTAFB with a full load of fuel. No. 4 engine power was lost on take-off from U-Tapao, causing an asymmetric thrust condition. The Stratotanker then hit concrete and steel light stanchions beyond the end of the runway and crashed.


"KC-135, 55-3138. Prior to this accident the water injection system was linked to the left wing (eng. 1 and 2) and right wing (3 and 4). According to Flight Safety Foundation: No. 4 engine power was lost on take-off from U-Tapao, causing an asymmetric thrust condition. The Stratotanker then hit concrete and steel light stanchions beyond the end of the runway and crashed. All 4 on board were killed. Witnesses report that 3 and 4 lost water simultaneously, and that the water injection system fleet wide was modified to pump the inboards, and the outboards."


 
   
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