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
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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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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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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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  1972-1972, 20th Tactical Fighter Wing

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RAF Upper Heyford
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20th Tactical Fighter Wing
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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2023
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20th Tactical Fighter Wing

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Morris, Richard, Lt Col, (1969-1989) 111 1115G Lieutenant Colonel
Sweet, Floyd Blue, Lt Col, (1955-1972) Lieutenant Colonel
Wells, William, Capt, (1966-1973) 404 4041 Captain
Musico, Bob, CMSgt, (1965-1994) 734 73490 Chief Master Sergeant
Fehl, Gary, MSgt, (1964-1985) 671 67170 Technical Sergeant
Green, Johnny, 1stSgt, (1958-1984) 702 70270 Technical Sergeant
Sercey, James, MSgt, (1959-1979) 431 43171C Technical Sergeant
Bosley, Ernie, SSgt, (1967-1972) 431 43171C Staff Sergeant
Myszkowski, Casimer, CMSgt, (1969-1990) 432 43270 Staff Sergeant
Sprenkel, Tom, SSgt, (1966-1972) 771 77170 Staff Sergeant
Bussler, William, Sgt, (1970-1974) 00 10 Sergeant
Casci, Timothy, Sgt, (1970-1974) 421 42153 Sergeant
Harvey, Jerry, Sgt, (1971-1975) 812 81250 Sergeant
Hooper, Robert, Sgt, (1972-1976) 301 30153 Sergeant
Reid, Dave, Sgt, (1971-1975) 431 43151C Sergeant
Trzepacz, Ron, Sgt, (1972-1976) 00 Sergeant
Williams, Charles, Sgt, (1970-1973) 671 67153 Sergeant
Patrick, Dennis, MSgt, (1972-1992) 422 42232 Airman

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