WSO killed in F-15E accident
SEYMOUR JOHNSON AFB, N.C. (AFNS) — Capt. Dennis M. White, a weapon systems officer with the 336th Fighter Squadron here, was killed when the F-15E in which he was flying went down off the North Carolina coast April 18, 1995.
Captain Brian J. Udell, pilot, was rescued by the Coast Guard and taken to the New Hanover County Regional Hospital in Wilmington, North Carolina. He was listed in fair condition April 20.
The aircraft was part of a four-ship mission that was conducting air-to-air intercept training when the F-15E went down about 10 p.m. Udell was picked up shortly before 1 a.m. April 19, 1995, and the Coast Guard found White around noon the same day.
A native of Lees Summit, Missouri, White was a veteran of Desert Storm. He had a total of 2,200 flying hours. His decorations included the Air Medal with five oak leaf clusters.
A board of officers is investigating the accident.
Moments before the memorial ceremony (for the victims of a USAF crash in Alabama) began, four F-15E's from Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., flew overhead en route to nearby Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va., where Capt. Dennis M. White, was being honored. White, of the 336th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson, was the weapon systems officer on the F-15E that crashed off the North Carolina coast April 18, 1995.
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