Putnam, CT. – August 26, 1943

Putnam, Connecticut – August 26, 1943

     In the early morning hours of August 26, 1943, a 23-year-old Civil Air Patrol lieutenant was piloting a two-seat Taylorcraft airplane when he was forced to land at the Israel Putnam Airport because his main fuel tank was low, and the pump to feed fuel from the reserve tank to the main tank had stopped working.  After siphoning gas from the reserve tank to the main tank, he prepared to take off again bound for Hartford.      

     It was still dark when he attempted to take off, with nothing but boundary lights to guide him.  As he reached an altitude of 200 feet the motor suddenly sputtered and stopped.  He crash landed with the left wing striking and nose slamming into the ground.

     The aircraft suffered severe damage but the pilot only received a broken finger and lacerations.  He was transported to Day Kimball Hospital.

     The lieutenant was attached to Battery C, Anti-Aircraft Coast Artillery. 


     Windham County Observer, “Civilian Air Patrol Plane Crashes Here”, September 1, 1943. 

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