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c/n 485
54-6108 after tragic accident.
Photo: USAF © 22 November 1964 - via Jeff King

c/n 485



52-6108 USAF #1270. L-20 No: 270. Command AF-3. Delivered 11-Jun-1953. Built as L-20A and re-designated U-6A in 1962.

Accident: Nr Nebraska City, NE. 22-Nov-1964. The crash occurred two miles west and one mile south of the city. The plane was on a routine support mission to the 551st SMS Atlas site number 4, located five miles west of town. The crew had just completed a twenty four hour tour of duty and were on their way back to the Air Base. The plane was reported to have hit an 80’ power pole in the area, travelled another 200 to 300 yards, struck the ground and stopped. Two crew and four passengers suffered fatal injuries.

52-6108 Struck off charge from the USAF inventory on 22-Nov-1964 following above accident.


USAF History

52-6108 was made available on 27-Mar-1953 to the 6600th Air Depot AMO (Air Material Overseas Unit) unit of the USAF at Downsview, ON., and accepted on 28-May-1953. It was assigned to the Tactical Air Force and delivered to the 405th Fighter Bomber Wing at Langley AFB., VA., on 11-Jun-1953. This was an unusually long period between

405th Fighter Bomber Wing

 It stayed at Langley being attached to the 405th Operations Sqd on 23-Aug-1953 and the 4500th Support Squadron on 16-Apr-1956.

On the 19-Apr-1957 it moved to Larson AFB., WA., assigned to the Military Transport Command and was attached to the 62nd Troop Carrier (Heavy) Wing. It stayed at Larson, now assigned to the Strategic Air Command, to be attached to the 4170th Strategic Wing on 01-Jan-1960 and then the 4170th Composite Group on 14-Apr-1960. It next arrived at Westover AFB., MA., and was attached to the 814th Composite Wing on 02-Sep-1960 and then the 99th Bombardment Wing on 30-Jun-1962.

Emblem of 99th Bombardment Wing

Its further history is yet to be researched however it is reported as being struck off charge from the USAF inventory on 22-Nov-1964 following accident.