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There is an interview of the co-pilot of 44-92075 on Don Pyeatt's B-36 web site. Air Force visited the site the following year and removed sensitive equipment.
Click on the number-one propellor and then follow the "Notable Mishaps" link. They then demolished what wreckage was not buried by snow with explosives.
Flight engineer Captain Samuel Baker retarded the spark, set the mixture controls to "normal", and set the engine RPMs to 2,500 to increase the power from the remaining engines.
Unknown to Captain Baker, the vibration from the guns had disabled the electrical systems controlling the spark settings and fuel mixture.
Personal items from the crew (shaving kits, jackets, pens etc.) can all be found inside the fuselage, along with several intact 20mm cannons, and many other items including live ammunition scattered everywhere. The mission continued on the power of the remaining five engines. The gunners attempted to retract the gun turrets, but the failed turrets would not retract. Fred Boyd entered the turret bay, but other problems began to take precedence over the stuck turrets. the number-three engine suffered an internal failure. The manifold pressure dropped to atmospheric pressure.
Vibration from gunnery practice disabled the electronic engine conrols of B-36B, 44-92035 over the Matagorda iasland gunnery range on November 22, 1950. 44-92035 cruised to the gunnery range on Matagorda Island at an altitude of 5,000 feet. Boyd was called out of the bay before he could manually crank the turret down. The fuel flow dropped off, and the flight engineer could not stabilize the engine speed.
The aircrew abandoned the aircraft when severe icing plus an engine fire endangered the crew. This was the second recorded B-36 crash in the history of the 7th Bomb Group.
Whether or not it was a real device or a "dumb" bomb for training is still a mystery.
We did find four spare detonators and the "suitcase" for a Mark IV device in the wreckage suggesting there may have been an actual nuclear device on board minus the plutonium warhead.
The exceptions are some of the turrets and possibly some of the engines, which appear to be in good shape. The aircraft did not have an atomic bomb aboard when it crashed.
The official documents report the bomb payload (11,000 lbs worth) was dropped over the pacific and detonated at about 1000' prior to the crew bailing out.