Incident Republic F-84B Thunderjet 45-59575, 21 Oct 1948
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Date:21-OCT-1948
Time:day
Type:Silhouette image of generic f84 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Republic F-84B Thunderjet
Owner/operator:49th FS, 14th FG, USAF (49th Fighter Squadron, 14th FG, United States Air Force)
Registration: 45-59575
MSN:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Dow AFB, Bangor, Penobscot County, ME -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine, USA (GBR/KBGR)
Destination airport:Dow AFB, Bangor, Maine, USA (GBR/KBGR)
Narrative:
Republic P-84B-16-RE Thunderjet 45-59575, 49th FS, 14th FG, USAF: Written off (damaged beyond repair) October 21 1948 when crashed on landing at Dow AFB, Bangor, Penobscot County, ME. Pilot named as Lt Conrad Emanuel Matson, USAF

Colonel Conrad E Mattson (1919-2001) was an American Fighter Ace. He graduated from flying school in November, 1943. Flying with the 15th Fighter Group in the Pacific during WW II, he piloted P-40, P-39, P-38, and P-51 aircraft. During the Korean Conflict, he flew with the renowned 4th Fighter Group, 225th Fighter Squadron, piloting an F-86.

Tally Record: 5 kills (one in WW II, 4 in Korea), 3 probables, 2 damaged + 4 destroyed.

Decorations: Distinguished Flying Cross with 3 Oak leaf Clusters, Air medal with 6 OLCs, Air Force Commendation Medal.

He retired in 1970 as a U.S. Air Force Colonel. Lt. Col. Conrad Emanuel Mattson, USAF (Ret), died in San Diego, California on 2 August 2001 at age 82. He was born on 19 June 1919 in Stevens Point, Wisconsin.

Sources:

1. http://forgottenjets.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/F-84.html
2. http://www.joebaugher.com/usaf_serials/1945.html
3. https://www.aviationarchaeology.com/rptAF55.asp?RecID=113999
4. http://www.accident-report.com/Yearly/1948/4810.html
5. https://airandspace.si.edu/support/wall-of-honor/ltcol-conrad-e-mattson-usaf
6. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/75605661/conrad-emanuel-mattson
7. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangor_Air_National_Guard_Base#Air_Defense_Command

Location


Revision history:

Date/timeContributorUpdates
02-May-2021 08:49 ASN archive Added
08-Jan-2023 01:45 Ron Averes Updated [Location]
28-Jan-2023 04:13 Dr. John Smith Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Other fatalities, Location, Phase, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative, Category]

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