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  RB-50G Superfortress Serial Number 47-145  
USAF
91st SRS

Pilot  Captain Stanley Keith O'Kelley, AO776002 (KIA, BR) Dunsmuir, CA
Co-pilot  Captain John Ernst Roche, AO2029268 (survived)
Crew  Capt. John Cyrus Ward, AO865270 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  Major Francisco Joseph Tejeda, AO726704 (MIA / KIA) 
Crew  Captain Frank Ernest Beyer, AO209328 (MIA / KIA) Webber Falls, OK 
Navigator  1st Lt. Edmund Joseph Czyz, AO2072656 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL
Navigator  1st Lt. James Gordon Keith, AO2092926 (WIA, died) Hobart, OK
Navigator  1st Lt. Lloyd Clayton Wiggins, AO695999 (MIA / KIA) 
Crew  Captain Warren John Sanderson, AO2066184 (MIA / KIA) Parks Rapids, MN
Crew  Captain Robert Elbon Stalnaker, AO761337 (MIA / KIA) Webster Springs, WV
Engineer  MSgt Francis Luther Brown, AF1905397 (KIA, BR) Modesto, CA 
Crew  S/Sgt. Donald Wayne Gabree, AF19333787 (MIA / KIA) Montpelier, VT
Crew  S/Sgt. Donald George Hill, AF19353976 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  A1C Roland Edgar Goulet, AF12323933 (MIA / KIA)
Crew  A2C Earl Wilbur Radelin, Jr., AF14370732 (MIA / KIA) Chattanooga, TN
Crew  A2C Charles Joseph Russell, AF13391658 (MIA / KIA) Philadelphia, PA
Crew  A2C Earl W. Radlein, Jr., AF14370723 (MIA / KIA) Chattanooga, TN
Tail gunner  A2C James Edwin Woods, AF2441312 (MIA / KIA) Buckingham, WV

Crashed  July 29, 1953

Aircraft History
Built by Boeing. Manufacture Number 15830. Delivered to the U. S. Air Force (USAF) as B-50B-50-BO Superfortress Serial Number 47-145. This bomber was modified as RB-50G ELINT with additional radar and B-50D type nose, sometimes also referred to as RB-50D. Assigned to the 91st Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron (91st SRS) at Yokato AFB. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On July 29, 1953 took off piloted by Captain Stanley Keith O'Kelley on a mission. A total of seventeen were aboard. Shot down south of Askold Island near Vladivostok, USSR by a pair of MiG-17s (other sources say MiG-15s) over the Sea of Japan. The sole survivor was Captain John Ernst Roche.
Crew  Captain Edmund Czyz, AO2072656 (MIA / KIA) Chicago, IL

Memorials
The missing crew members were officially declared dead November 14, 1955. The crew is also memorialized on the 55th SRWA Memorial at the U. S. Air Force Museum (USAF Museum).

Pilot O'Kelley was officially declared dead on July 29, 1953. He is buried at San Francisco National Cemetery  at section OS, row 9, site 4.

Roche retired from the U. S. Air Force (USAF) with the rank of Major. He passed away December 1, 2002 and is buried at Palms Woodlawn Cemetery in Naranja, FL in section C.

Sanderson also has a memorial marker at Skatvold Cemetery in Climax, MN.

Brown was officially declared dead on July 29, 1953. He is buried at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section R, site 340.

Gabree has a memorial marker at Hope Cemetery in Waterbury, VT. He also has another memorial marker at Golden Gate National Cemetery at section MA, site 46.

References
USAF Serial Number Search Results - B-50 Superfortress 47-145
Aviation Safety Network - RB-50G Superfortress 47-145
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Stanley Keith O'Kelley
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - John C. Ward
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francisco Joseph Tejeda
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank Ernest Beyer
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Edmund J. Czyz
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James G. Keith
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Lloyd C. Wiggins
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Warren J. Sanderson
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Robert E. Stalnaker
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Francis L. Brown
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald W. Gabree
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Donald G. Hill
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Roland E. Goulet
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl W. Radlein Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Charles Joseph Russell
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Earl W. Radlein, Jr.
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - James E. Woods
Demarche of the Soviet Government to to the US Government - Demarches on RB-50 shootdown 29 June 1953
The Black Vault - USAF International Incident RB-50 Loss 29 July 1953 [PDF]
FindAGrave - Capt Stanley Keith O'Kelley (photo, grave photo)
FindAGrave - John Ernst Roche (grave photos)
FindAGrave - CPT Lloyd Clayton Wiggins (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Capt Warren John Sanderson (memorial photos)
Fold3 Robert Elbon Stalnaker (photo)
West Virginia Veterans Memorial - Robert Elbon Stalnaker (photo)
FindAGrave - Francis L Brown (grave photo)
FindAGrave - Donald Wayne Gabree (memorial marker photo - Hope Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Sgt Donald Wayne Gabree (memorial marker photo - Golden Gate National Cemetery)
FindAGrave - Charles Joseph Russell (photo)

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

Tech Information
RB-50

MIA
MIA
14 Missing

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