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21 a of for the of to by in 30, 25, 17, in filtered in Maj. Gen. Crumm among victims of 652 crash OMAHA, Neb. (UPI)—Maj. Gen. William J. Crumm, commander of Strategic Air Command's 3rd Aur Division on Guam, was listed today as among the six men missing in the in flight collision between two B-52 bombers en route to a target in South Vietnam. SAC headquarters here announced that the 48-year-old general was the airborne commander accompanying the lead B52 from the 22nd Bomb Wing, March AFB, Calif., on Thursday's flight. Four men were rescued and three are missing from Gen. Crumm's aircraft, SAC said. Three men were rescued and three were missing from the second B52 of the 454th Bomb V/ing Colubus AFB, Mss. Air Force and Na\'y units were continuing to search the crash area m the South China Sea 65 miles southeast of Saigon. SAC said the seven crewmen rescued and in good condition are: 22nd Bomb Wing: Maj. John A. Suther, aircraft commander, 35, Concord, N,C. Capt. Wilcox J. Creedcn, copilot, 30, Riverside, Calif. 1st Lt. navigator, 26, Pellham Manor, N,Y. ALC Lynn 0. Chase, gunner, 25, Riverside, Calif. 454th Bomb Wing: Capt. George Vi. Westbrook, aircraft commander, 32, Chattanooga, Tenn. Capt. Harold D. Thompson, copilot, 27 Peoria, 111. Capt. Toki R. Endo, electronic KILLED IN CRASH - Major General William J. Crumm, commander of the Strategic Air Command's Third Air Division, was listed as one of six missing in in-flight collision between two B-52 bombers enroute to a target in South Vietnam. (UPI Telephoto) warfare officer, 30, Oakland, Calif. The six men missing were Usted as: Maj. Gen. William J. Crumm, 3rd air division commander 48, New York City. Westmoreland says 'we ore winning ... sfeadily' SAIGON (UPI)-Gen. WilUam C. Westmoreland solemnly assured defense secretary Robert S. McNamara today "the war is not a stalemate...we are wm- ning slowly but steadily." But all assessments were that the war would be long and costly. A shirtsleeved McNamara met with top U.S. diplomats and military leaders in secrecy behmd a door labeled "High Noon Conference Room" shortly after.McNamara arrived on his ninth trip to Vietnam in six years. Excerpts of what he was told were relayed to the press by U.S. mission spokesman. "High Noon" was the code name for the secretary's visit but it was to be changed to something inore secrSt when U.S. ambassador Ellsworth Bunker reported "much still must be done." Then Bunker added: "I believe we are gradually achieving our aims..if we stick with it long enough—and this is not a short-term proposition—I am confident that we shall have reasonable success." McNamara kept the room full of generals and diplomats waitmg for an hour and a half after he arrived while he went to Bunker's residence for a brief rest. He appeared tired when he showed up at the second floor conference room of the U.S. Army Vietnam headquarters complex at Tan Son Nhut airport, but worked 2nd Bomb Wing: Maj, Paul A. Avolese, radar navigator, 35, East Meadow, Long Island, N.Y. Capt. David F. Bittenbender, electronic warfare officer, 27, Niagara Falls, N.Y. 454th Bomb Wing: 1st Lt. George E. Jones, navigator, 25, Chicago, Capt. Charles H. Blankenship. radar navigator, 29, Takoma Park, Maryland. Msgt. Olen B. McLaughlin, gunner, 39, Tampa, Fla. Suther, Creeden, Endo, Westbrook, and Gabel have been flown to Andersen AFB, .Guam, SAC said. Thompson and Chase, also ir good condition, were reporter' at Tan Son Nhut AB Hospital near Saigon. Thursday's accident was the second involving B52s since th-.eight-jet stratofortresses began flying Vietnam strikes June 18. 1965. Two B52s v/ere lost m an in flight collision durmg thai first mission. Durmg the past two years the giant bombers had amassed more than 10,000 sorties deliver ing more than 190,000 tons oi (Continued on Page 2)

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  1. Redlands Daily Facts,
  2. 07 Jul 1967, Fri,
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