Tibbetts, Clinton Eugene, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Primary Unit
1969-1969, 4133rd Bombardment Wing (Provisional)
Service Years
1944 - 1969
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Andersen AFB, Guam

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1969
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Holy Cross Cemetery - Yarmouth, Maine
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20W 061

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 Unit Assignments
393rd Bomb Squadron - Tigers70th Bombardment Wing, Heavy4133rd Bombardment Wing (Provisional)
  1969-1969, 393rd Bomb Squadron - Tigers
  1969-1969, 70th Bombardment Wing, Heavy
  1969-1969, 4133rd Bombardment Wing (Provisional)
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  1965-1973 Operation Arc Light6
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)  
  1968-2003, B-52 Stratofortress (Buff)
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"27 July 1969 B-52D 56-0630 70BW Andersen AFB, Guam - Crashed into Pacific Ocean following failure of starboard wing after take-off -all 8 aboard killed.

Feedback: The aircraft crashed about the time of rotation for takeoff. It was airborne only briefly. The official explanation of 'wing failure' is an understatement. The right wing of the aircraft came off the fuselage-it separated from the bomber about the time it rotated and began to fly. Following that crash there was a discreet inspection of the entire fleet of D model B-52's for structural issues involving the wing/fuselage issues arising from this crash. From that inspection, which took quite a long time, many months during the continued regular usage of the airplanes in bombing missions, several aircraft were deemed not airworthy and were grounded because of structural issues. This inspection and the subsequent groundings were never publicized to my knowledge.

Also, there were six souls on board - the standard crew manning for the aircraft. The website incorrectly lists more than six fatalities in this crash. This information is submitted based upon my personal knowledge. I was on Guam at the time of the crash and we flew the next scheduled mission following the Wyatt crash. My crew served as the honor guard at the memorial service for the Wyatt crew and they were well known to us. The writer and a couple of others on the crew had the occasion to spend time with Ed Wyatt shortly before his crash." Source of Feedback: E-mail 23rd June 2008  http://www.ejection-history.org.uk/Aircraft_by_Type/b52_stratofortress.htm

Note: The above website lists the following as crew of 56-0630: Capt Edward William Wyatt, pilot KIA, Capt John Anthony Albasio, co-pilot KIA, Capt Donald Joseph Maccio, Navigator KIA, Capt Edward Anthony Miskowski, RN KIA, 1 Lt Gary Paul Leach, EWO KIA and TSgt Clinton Eugene Tibbetts, Gunner KIA

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