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BREAKING 7-23-08 Search Suspended: Remaining B-52 Crew Presumed Dead; KTBS-All 6 Identified
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2008 5:47pm

ANDERSEN AFB, GUAM From The Times & KTBS-TV3 (By: Tom Pace, Talk of the Town) BREAKING: MISSING B-52 SEARCH 12N 7-23-08 The news is sad for the families, friends, and loved-ones of the six-man crew from the missing B-52H from Barksdale AFB, in Bossier City.  According to Bossier Mayor "Lo" Walker, the four crewmembers still missing are presumed. (Click here to listen to Walker's B-52 Update from Col. Bob Wheeler.) 

Click here to listen as former 2nd Bomb Wing Commander, General Peyton Cole (Ret.) spoke with Tom Pace
from "The Talk of the Town" about the tragic crash.

Barksdale's 2nd Bomb Wing Commander Col. Robert Wheeler said at a news conference today that no one survived the crash. The search now shifts to recovery of the missing four bodies.

All six crewmembers have now been identified, according to KTBS-TV3: 

Maj. Christopher Cooper Maj. Christopher Cooper, 33, a native of Austin, Texas, and the aircraft commander
Maj. Brent Williams Maj. Brent Williams, 37, of Norman, Okla., an instructor navigator
Capt. Michael Dodson Capt. Michael Dodson, 31, the co-pilot
1st Lt. Joshua Shepherd 1st Lt. Joshua Shepherd, 26, the navigator
1st Lt. Robbert Gerren 1st Lt. Robert Gerren, 32, of Gladwin, Mich., the electronic warfare officer
Col. George Martin Also on board was Col. George Martin, an Air Force physician who was deputy commander of the medical group at Andersen Air Force Base on Guam

Two bodies from the six-member crew were found shortly after the crash.

The Barksdale bomber was deployed to Guam as part of the Defense Department's continuous bomber presence mission in the Pacific. The aircraft was part of a four-month deployment of nine B-52s and about 300 personnel with the 20th Bomb Squadron at Barksdale.

The unarmed B-52 with the call sign Raider 21, had been making a swing around the island from Andersen Air Force Base on Sunday, for a flyover of another part of the island as part of Guam Liberation Day celebrations, according to The Times .


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