Casimir Hybki Jr.

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Casimir Hybki Jr.
Kenneth Sentner
Stanley Lankiewicz
Carl Scargall
Edgar Farmer
Charles Hartke
John DeRoth
Alan Ball

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Captain Casimir "Ky" Hybki was the pilot in command of '746.    He was not flying the aircraft at the time of impact, but was assisting co-pilot Sentner who was flying the aircraft through severe weather.

Before being stationed in Washington, he did search and rescue in the Korean theater, earning the Korean medal with 3 stars, the Air Medal with 2 clusters, and the Distinguished Unit Citation.   

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Hybki was very upset over the death of his friend, Stanley Lankiewicz, in the crash. (based on phone conversation with Charles Hartke)

Hybki's official statement from the USAF Accident Report:

RESTRICTED

23 January, 1952

STATEMENT

We got a clearance to let down from 8,000 to 6,000 at Patricia Bay and then my next report after Patricia Bay was over Dungeness 1827, approximately.    I do know I was over there because we got the indication on out marker beacon light and I had the radio set on Whidby radio range.

After that I told the co-pilot that was flying from Comox to start his turn to the left.  I did observe that he leveled off; it was either 118 or 120 degrees, I am not sure what it was.   I was on loop and just before I switched my radio again, I got the signal from Seattle range up on the loop; it was an "A" with a definite background.   Then I went back on to liaison because Seattle was trying to give us a radio message.   I called Seattle three times but they were unable to receive me and Everett radio came in and said they would relay any message.   Just as they were giving me what I think was an ATC clearance, a terrific static came up on the radio.

At the time we were in a terrific blizzard.  I do know that to be a fact because I had my engineer check my wings and I couldn't see past the number two engine.  Turbullance (sic) was very extreme.   There were two or three times after Patricia Bay I got on the controls with the co-pilot.   We were up and down from 500 to 800 feet.  Just before we hit there was a terrific static on the VHF and liaison radio.  Somewhere within five minutes after leaving Dungeness, we hit.

After we hit I was thrown clear on top.  Something went over me and I wasn't out for more than a second or two something did actually pass over me, I don't know what it was.   It was either the wing or the boat.   I could hear the aircraft falling down the hill.  I couldn't see out of my right eye, so I started to stumble to the edge.   I thought we were Southeast of Dungeness, so I was going to take a course to my right to walk out.   Then I started falling and slipping down what I thought to be a hill.   I could only go about 10 or 15 feet at a time due to the blizzard.  I guess I lost my jacket up there, too.  I don't know how high we were at the time.  I couldn't hardly breathe.   I froze my fingers.   I was sinking in about 2 feet.   I got three fourths of the way down from the top and I started blowing my whistle.   I got an answer with shouts and I directed my gaze and I saw a flicker of flame.   I stumbled and crawled to the wreckage of the aircraft.  

Casimir Hybki Jr.

Captain, USAF

 

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