The B-47 Stratojet Bomber named Ajax 18.
|Ajax-18 the B-47 Stratojet story is there because Capt. Robert A. Glavan was a B-24 aircraft commander inwith the 15th Air Force. Research by John Bybee.
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This Col. John Gallien, 40th BW, 25BS, he was
pilot in command of
Col. Gallien, "If God himself had been flying Galvan's B-47, it still would have crashed."
Crew Chief Lee Cook
Ajax-18 the B-47 story is there because
Capt. Robert A. Glavan was a B-24 aircraft commander in
with the 15AF,
Ajax-18 was Galvan's call sign.
Capt Galvan's B-47E crashed in Kansas as did the DC-4M-2 over
This photo from Hugh Burt-Staffordshire, UK. His father took in mid 50s at Entebbe.
Canadair DC4M-2 Argonaut
BOAC Canadair DC-4M-2 Argonaut, G-ALHE crashed on climb out from runway 25 @ Kano, Nigeria on 24 June 1956 @ 1721hrs. There were t-storms in area but none close to the DC-4M-2. From 1956-1976 the official cause was listed as pilot error. The late Dr. Ted Fujta's research into macro/microburst changed that verdict. As I mentioned in my Ajax-18 article, in my humble amateur opinion, Capt Galvan's B-47E encountered the same conditions over Kansas as did the DC-4M-2 over , two days prior.
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Left you a Phone message. I am thrilled and stunned that you are so close and have such an interest in military aviation. Yes, I will call Ben Kidder. The "Tulsamerican" was a Ford KD kit and the last B-24 built at Douglas Tulsa. Kevin Gray a Tulsa lawyer is one of the brass hats at the Tulsa Air & Space Museum and they would love to bring back all or part of that aircraft to Tulsa. The pilot, Flight Engineer and Navigator all died in the crash.
The TulsaAmerican was 765 lead and was hit by FW-190A-8s of the II JG300 just before the IP in CZ. They made Split, Yugo on 2 engines and tried for Vis. Last 2 engines ran out of gas and the Lib rolled over into the Adriatic from a 100 feet.
A-4, Falklands--tell me more when you get a chance!
I worked with the IWM on a B-47E story. I've attached a draft. Capt. Galvan was 767 deputy lead on 17 Dec 44 mission. Shot up and made a forced landing, POW and KIA 26 June 1956 in B-47E at Smoky Hill AFB, KS.
Nobuko worked at a department store in Koza, Okinawa, while I was stationed at Henko, Okinawa 1968-1970, of course I didn't know her then.
Gerry Landry who retired from the Cal Tech subsonic wind tunnel, his cousin Russel Landry was the nav.
Currently, Gary Hyatt of the Davis-Monthan
website has asked if I would be a guest editor and do the
Fokker page for the
website and Dave Powers
of the PanAm LOGBOOK magazine desires
that I do a piece on TWA.Do you
follow the history of
Camp Ellis? YES, I would love to have your
insights and help for online publishing if I ever get the Odertal book done.
I belong to the informal SPG (Same Page Gang) and we think we have found a
prop blade and wheel off the 461st B-24J
"Tulsamerican" lost off Hvar on 17
Dec 1944. Have attached a photo. Looking forward to your
I am doing ongoing research on the Sunday 17 December
1944 mission to Odertal
Poland) and Hughes G. gave me your new email address. I read very great
interest you article about your book ONE MORE MISSION and the Goia Sgt/Painter
that was selling
Shady Lady nose art off a stencil. Is it possible that you flew #13,
42-51336 to >Italy, this
aircraft lost 24 Aug 1944 at Pesaro with Lt. John R. Wren hr.'s crew?
Shady Lady #52,B-24G-16-NT, 42-78436 shows going to 451st on 24 November 1944
and went MIA on 18 Dec 1944 with 451/727,
2Lt. John D. Holland Jr. commanding. #52 went MIA in the center of the
Nagykanizsa (Hungary) Oil Triangle. This was the same area that the 485th
claimed they had six B-24s damaged by Nazi SAMs on 17 Dec 1944. Let me dig out
my notes on Holland etc. Sincerely,
Something's amiss big time since you flew 42-78436 over to Italy. You recall any extra electronic equipment like in RCM / ECM / ELINT mode?
John, I was a pilot concerned with getting that big box-car fully loaded off the ground, saying the correct prayers while under fire from the Germans, and controlling a crash - called a landing. We had bales of chaff to be thrown out the waist openings. We had no other electronic equipment on the Shady Lady or on any other aircraft I flew. I think I would remember any electronic intelligence devices.
Your research has been a revelation for me, although I have not spent a lot of time worrying about what happened to the Shady Lady. I was informed, probably by rumor, that she had been shot down and I accepted the information because about 50% were lost. Many years later I found on our website the same serial number for an airplane that a Lt. Wren piloted over Persaro and was MIA. Much later I stumbled across a photo of someone stenciling a Shady Lady in the 451st. I naturally assumed that someone was stenciling many aircraft with the same stencil, which I though was humorous. Now you uncover, with convincing evidence, that the aircraft was transferred from the 461 to the 451 in November and was later MIA. Since I was not consulted or asked for my permission to transfer the Shady Lady by the top command, I will accept your account of "The rest of the Story" of the Shady Lady.
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