Blank, Kenneth, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
1555E-Weapon Systems Officer
Last AFSC Group
Weapons and Munitions
Primary Unit
1972-1972, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing
Service Years
1951 - 1972
Officer Collar Insignia
Lieutenant Colonel

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This Military Service Page was created/owned by MSgt Richmond Vlymen (Papa Pitt) to remember Blank, Kenneth (Sewn 11), Lt Col.

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Contact Info
Home Town
Franklin, Nebraska
Last Address
RAF Upper Heyford, England
Date of Passing
Jan 18, 1972
Location of Interment
Greenwood Cemetery - Franklin, Nebraska

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Last Known Activity:

Date: 18-JAN-1972
General Dynamics F-111E
Owner/operator: 55th TFS, 20th TFW, USAF
Registration: 68-0018
C/n / msn: A1-198/E-39
Fatalities: Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities: 0
Airplane damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: Sidlaw Hills, near Burrelton, Perthshire - United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature: Military
Departure airport: RAF Lakenheath, Suffolk (LKZ/EGUL)
Destination airport: RAF Leuchars, Fife
Crashed January 18, 1972, whilst on a routine ground controlled approach to RAF Leuchars, crashed approximately 975 ft on a snow covered 1,050 ft high mountain in the Sidlaw Hills, near Burrelton, Perthshire, Scotland, approximately three-and-a-half miles south of Coupar Angus, and 15 miles north west of Leuchars.

Both crew - LT COL Floyd B. Sweet (pilot) and LT COL Kenneth T. Blank (WSO) - were killed, as no ejection appears to have taken place

Lt COL Sweet had been the 77 TFS, Director of Operations. The 77th named the squadron bar in his honor "Sweet Floyds." To this day the 77 FS, now at Shaw, has their heritage room named after Lt COL Sweet with the original plaque from the 77 TFS bar at RAF Upper Heyford.

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LtCol Kenneth T. Blank - F-105 History


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 Unit Assignments
US Air ForceAir Force Bases/ Installations4523rd Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)6441st Tactical Fighter Wing
35th Tactical Fighter Squadron34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Rams55th Tactical Fighter Squadron20th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1952-1953, AAF MOS 1055, 15th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron, Photo-Jet
  1964-1964, McConnell Air Force Base
  1964-1964, 4523rd Combat Crew Training Squadron (Cadre)
  1965-1966, 6441st Tactical Fighter Wing
  1965-1966, 35th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1966-1966, 34th Tactical Fighter Squadron - Rams
  1967-1970, Nellis Air Force Base
  1972-1972, 55th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1972-1972, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1965-1966 Vietnam Defensive Campaign (1965-66)
 Colleges Attended 
Nebraska Wesleyan University
  1948-1951, Nebraska Wesleyan University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-86 Sabre  F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)  F-111 Aardvark  
  1952-1953, F-86 Sabre
  1964-1966, F-105 Thunderchief (Thud)
  1967-1972, F-111 Aardvark
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