Crash related photos for
[Left to Right] West German Counselor [name unknown];
1/Lt Bruce E. Witcher; A/2C David A. Surles and
Lt. Colonel Robert V. Mitchell, Sr. Colonel Mitchell
was the Commander of the 961st AEW&C Squadron.
Thirteen members of the crew of 55-0136 were assigned to the 961st.
[Left to Right] 1/Lt Bruce E. Witcher [survivor];
Captain Jurgen Goetschke, skipper of the Z1; the unidentified
sailor who pulled the survivors from the ditching of 55-0136
from the frigid North Atlantic; A/2C David A. Surles [survivor]
and an unidentified West German Naval officer aboard the
Z1 in Boston Harbor.
THE RESCUERS GREET TWO OF THOSE RESCUED -
The Skipper of the Z1, Captain Jurgen Goetschke,
and an unidentified sailor from the Z1 greets
1/Lt Bruce E. Witcher [left] and A/2C David A. Surles.
The sailor is the man who pulled the three survivors
[Witcher, Puopolo and Surles] from the frigid North
Atlantic. Puopolo, the only other survivor, was unable
to attend the ceremony aboard the ZI in the Boston
Harbor since he still was hospitalized at Otis Air Force
Base from injuries he received in the ditching of 55-0136.
The West German Destroyer - Known as the "Z1"
which rescued the three survivors from 55-0136
[1/Lt. Bruce Witcher, A/1C John N. Puopolo, and
A/2C David A. Surles]
THE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS WHAT REMAINED OF THE
RIGHT WING ROOT AREA AND THE NAVIGATORS
POSITION AFTER THE PIECES OF THE AIRCRAFT WERE
RECOVERED AND RECONSTRUCTED IN A MAINTENANCE
HANGAR AT OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, MASSACHUSETTS.
THE PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS PARTS OF 53-0549 THAT WERE
SALVAGED FROM THE ATLANTIC AFTER THE PLANE DITCHED
AND EXPLODED ON APRIL 25, 1967 AT NANTUCKET ISLAND,
MASSACHUSETTS. THE PARTS ARE DISPLAYED IN A LARGE
MAINTENANCE HANGAR AT OTIS AIR FORCE BASE, MASSACHUSETTS
WHERE THE PLANE AND CREW WERE ASSIGNED. FIRST LIEUTENANT
GUENET WAS THE SOLE SURVIVOR. THE REMAINING FIFTEEN
MEMBERS OF THE CREW LOST THEIR LIVES. COLONEL JAMES P. LYLE,
THE 551ST WING COMMANDER, WAS PILOTING THE AIRCRAFT.
JOSEPH L. H. GUENET (sole survivor 53-0549)
"OTIS AIR FORCE BASE...4/26/67...LONE SURVIVOR
[LIEUTENANT JOSEPH L. H. GUENET - NAVIGATOR] OF
AIR DISASTER OVER NANTUCKET IS SHOWN BEING
REMOVED FROM AIR FORCE PLANE ON WAY TO OTIS
BASE HOSPITAL. OFFICERS (L TO R) COLONEL
JOHN M. KONOSKY, 551ST WING COMMANDER.
COLONEL ROBERT F. KALTENBCHER, BASE COMMANDER.
COLONEL VIRGIL N. NESTER, DEPUTY COMMANDER FOR OPERATIONS.
Pictures provided by
Joseph L. H. Guenet
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