East Hampton, CT – August 1, 1968

East Hampton, Connecticut – August 1, 1968

     On the morning of August 1, 1968, the tower at Hartford’s Bradley International Airport received a “very weak and garbled radio distress signal” from a small aircraft piloted by Richard A. Smith, 39.    A search was instituted, and the aircraft was located in a thickly wooded section of East Hampton.  The pilot’s body was still inside.


     Woonsocket Call, “Welles In-Law Killed In Plane”, August 2, 1968, pg. 1

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