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Southwest Virginia spy pilot will posthumously receive Silver Star 50 years after being shot down
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Posted on 06/07/2012 5:16:25 AM PDT by Perdogg

Famed Southwest Virginia spy-plane pilot Francis Gary Powers will posthumously receive the Silver Star next week in honor of his captivity in the Soviet Union more than 50 years ago.

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TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: coldwar; francisgarypowers; heroes; pilots; usaf
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To: Ax

Thank you for your service. On 8 May 1960 I was a B-47 navigator in Strategic Air Command. My crew was on alert when we were told a U-2 had been lost. There was no action taken by SAC that I know of, such as putting more aircraft on alert. (During the Cuban missile crisis, SAC very quickly put ALL flyable aircraft on alert and dispersed small groups of B-47s to other airfields, including civilian airports, to compound the Soviet’s targeting problem. My crew and 5 other crews from Pease AFB, NH, flew our planes to Logan Airport in Boston and were on alert there for a couple of weeks.)


21 posted on 06/10/2012 9:09:39 PM PDT by zot
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Back at ya, zot. The command where I ended up, the Security Service, was involved with this incident. We had a base in northern Pakistan and several stations in Europe and in Turkey and the operators and analysts were tracking the Soviet Air Defense activities


22 posted on 06/11/2012 4:09:55 AM PDT by Ax
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"On Dec. 8, 2011, the board pointed to two other officers who were shot down in the USSR, held prisoner and eventually awarded for their service, according to the Associated Press."

I believe this is referencing the RB-47H shot down in 1960, and survived by CPTs Olmstead and McKone.

I read about this when I was a kid. Funny how most folks don't remember how many airman we lost to "unfriendly fire" back during the Cold War.

23 posted on 06/11/2012 4:47:32 AM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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Thanks for your post about McKone and Olmstead. I met that aircrew in 1958 and knew they were shot down in 1960, but had not heard about the book. I just now ordered a copy through Amazon.com.


24 posted on 06/11/2012 1:13:42 PM PDT by zot
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To: Ax

Do you know whether the U-2 experienced some type of problem requiring Powers to descend to a lower altitude?


25 posted on 06/11/2012 1:17:14 PM PDT by zot
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Glad to help. (smile) It amazes me I still remember that book after oh so many years...
26 posted on 06/11/2012 1:35:48 PM PDT by Jonah Hex ("To Serve Manatee" is a cookbook!)
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To: zot

I think it was over/near Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg since 1991), SE of Moscow. We (U.S.) didn’t belive that the USSR’s SAMs were capable of reaching the altitude at which Powers was flying. BZZZZT.


27 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:17 PM PDT by Ax
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I think it was over/near Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg since 1991), SE of Moscow. We (U.S.) didn’t belive that the USSR’s SAMs were capable of reaching the altitude at which Powers was flying. BZZZZT.


28 posted on 06/11/2012 2:07:35 PM PDT by Ax
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To: zot

I think it was over/near Sverdlovsk (Yekaterinburg since 1991), SE of Moscow. We (U.S.) didn’t belive that the USSR’s SAMs were capable of reaching the altitude at which Powers was flying.


29 posted on 06/11/2012 2:08:08 PM PDT by Ax
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To: Ax

Thanks.


30 posted on 06/11/2012 7:16:50 PM PDT by zot
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