Presque Isle, ME. – December 11, 1958

Presque Isle, Maine – December 11, 1958


F-89 Scorpion
U. S. Air Force Photo

     On December 11, 1958, a U. S. Air Force F-89H Scorpion jet (Ser. No. 54-374), was on a routine flight when it crashed and exploded on a farm in Presque Isle while approaching Presque Isle Air Force Base.  Both crewmen aboard perished in the crash. 

     The pilot was identified as 1st. Lieutenant David St. Clair, 24, of East Cleveland, Ohio.

     The radar observer was identified as 1st Lieutenant Roger D. Sundahl, 24, of Dallas, Texas.

     Both men has been assigned to the 75th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron at Presque Isle Air Force Base. 


     Evening Star, (Washington D.C.), “Jet Explodes Killing 2 Flyers”, December 12, 1958, pg. A-11. 

     East Cleveland Leader, (Ohio), “Jet Pilot Dies In Plane Crash”, December 18, 1958

     Aviation Safety Network

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