Norton, MA. – November 25, 1934

Norton, Massachusetts – November, 25, 1934

     On November 25, 1935, a 32-year-old pilot was stunt flying over the town of Norton, Massachusetts, with his younger brother and a female friend as passengers.  The plane was at 2,200 feet when the pilot put it into a tail spin, and then went into a power dive.  Just as the plane straightened out a wire holding a wing strut broke and the strut bent.  A section of wing fabric tore loose and began trailing behind the plane, before the wing suddenly broke away causing the plane to crash.  There were no survivors. 

     It was reported that the pilot had survived an earlier plane crash in an apple orchard about ten years earlier. 


     The Bridgton News, “William P. Melcher Killed In Plane Crash At Norton”, November 30, 1934  

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