Auburn, ME. – August 29, 1937

Auburn, Maine – August 29, 1937

     On August 29, 1937, an airplane with a pilot and two passengers was forced to make an emergency landing on a narrow dirt road in the outskirts of Auburn, Maine.  The airplane crash landed, and all three occupants were thrown out.  The two passengers were catapulted over the hot engine and sustained serious injuries consisting of burns and broken bones. The pilot suffered minor injuries consisting of cuts and bruises.     

     The type of aircraft was not reported.  

     Source: The Waterbury Democrat, (Ct.), “Three Escaped In Plane Crash”, August 30, 1937, pg. 10.

Auburn, ME. – May 18, 1947

Auburn, Maine – May 18, 1947

     On May 18, 1947, two small private planes took off from Berlin, New Hampshire, bound for Greenlaw’s Airport in Auburn, Maine.  The first carried a lone 29-year-old pilot from Auburn.  The second carried two men, a 33-year-old pilot from Boston, and a 28-year-old passenger from Lewiston, Maine. When the planes reached Auburn, the pilot of the first aircraft signaled that he would land first, and did so without incident.  Once on the ground, the pilot exited the aircraft and expected to see the other plane coming in to land, but it had disappeared.  A search was begun of the surrounding area, and the missing plane was seen from the air to be at the bottom of Taylor Pond about two miles from the airport.  Nobody had seen the plane strike the water, and officials suspected that the bodies of the two men were still inside. 

     The type of aircraft is unknown.


     The Wilmington Morning Star, (N.C.), “Two Believed Killed When Airplane Sinks”, May 19, 1947, pg. 6.         

Auburn, ME. – September 21, 1946

Auburn, Maine – September 21, 1946   

Lockheed P-80 “Shooting Star”
U. S. Air Force Photo

     On September 21, 1946, an Army Air Forces – Civil Air Patrol airshow was taking place at the Lewiston-Auburn Airport.  One of the aircraft participating in the show was a Lockheed P-80A, (Ser. No. 44-85228), piloted by an Air Force captain from California.  The aircraft had the name “Minimum Goose” painted on it. 

     As the pilot was circling over the area, the aircraft developed engine trouble, and the pilot was forced to make a crash landing in an open field about a mile north of the airport.  The accident took place out of sight of the 5,000 spectators at the airport. 

     State police responded to guard the scene. 

     The pilot was not injured.    


     The Evening Star, (Washington, D. C.), “Pilot Escapes Injury In Crash Of Jet Plane”, September 22, 1946.  

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