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Maine B-52 Crash Remembered by Survivor, Rescuer

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On January 24, 1963, a U.S. Air Force B-52 bomber training flight carrying a crew of nine crashed into Elephant Mountain in Maine. There were only two survivors of the crash, the pilot, Lt. Col. Dan Bulli, and the navigator, Capt. Gerald Adler (pictured). Both survived a night in freezing temperatures that reached -30°F while rescue workers searched for survivors throughout the night. In the morning, rescuers were able to use dog sleds, snowmobiles, and aircraft to locate the fallen airmen.

This week, over 50 years after the incident, one of the crash’s survivors has finally come face-to-face with his rescuer.

According to an Associated Press report, the now 81-year-old Adler this week met with Eugene Slabinski, the 83-year-old former medic who rescued Adler and Bulli all those years ago. Slabinski was a part of the first rescue team to reach Adler and Bulli the morning after the crash. According to the AP report, Slabinski dropped from a helicopter and helped to airlift the surviving airmen to safety.

The reunion came at a Memorial Day remembrance that took place at the site of the B-52 crash.

Adler stated to the AP that his experience highlights the fact that a military career can be dangerous, even out of combat. His comments are particularly poignant, coming just weeks after a Navy SEAL died during a training exercise at Fort Knox. Two Navy divers also died earlier this year, drowning during a training exercise in a test pond at the Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Maine B-52 Crash Remembered by Survivor, Rescuer
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  • bill

    he didn’t forget !! typical disrespect of our servicemen and lack of courtesy to the American people in general. impeach the asshole !!!

  • Marc

    What branch of the service were you in, Bill?

  • A Mart

    Hi ‘Bill’, if that’s your real name. “Impeach the asshole?” Yeah, better to have a president that uses lies to kill 4,000 American soldiers and hundreds of thousands of Arab peoples. Don’t forget, GWB’s grandpa, Senator Prescott Bus(c)h, tried to use the U.S.military to overthrow the U.S. government in the 1930′s. Look it up. Not too patriotic, even if he had one of those stupid little flag lapel pins that some people find as a replacement for true patriotism. Ever wonder what stories GW was filled with, sitting at his grandpaw’s knee? Hmmm. About the same time Adolf Hitler was taking over Germany with the Nazi fascists, Sen. Bush was trying to overthrow our government. Do you like conspiracy theories? There’s a good one for you to ponder!

    • jerald wyoming

      How about the great prevaricator Lincoln. He started a war that killed more americans than all the other wars combined. Look it up!!!! Bush fell victim to the Israli liers that led him to attack Iraq. The liberal jewish media has caused the US to spend more and give them more to the deteriment of the american public than any other thing in our history than the perfidy of Abraham Lincoln.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/kirklandsbooksandthrift Glenn

    I am pleased that he was rescued but I fail to see how this is news worthy. I have had over 37 operations to replace my shunt that treats my hydrocephalus. I bumped into the surgeon, back in 1979, that did many of those revisions, and that was not news worthy, either. At least, not back then.

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