55th anniversary of tragic loss

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Typhoon Ophelia cuts a swath of destruction across Jaluit Atoll, Ponape, Truk, and Yap and finally, on January 15, 1958, brings down an Air Force WB-50 reconnaissance plane, claiming the lives of all ten crewmen.

Aircraft Commander- Captain Albert J Lauer

Pilot- Captain Clyde W Tefertiller

Weathar Observer- Captain Marcus G Miller

Navigator- First Lieutenant Courtland Beeler III

Navigator- First Lieutenant Paul J Buerkle Jr

Flight Engineer- Technical Sergeant Delivan L Gordon

Flight Engineer- Staff Sergeant Kenneth L Tetzloff

Radio Operator- Staff Sergeant Kenneth L Houseman

Radio Operator- Airman First Class Randolph C Watts

Weather Technician- Airman First Class Bernard G Tullgren