Augusta, ME. – July 25, 1942

     Augusta, Maine – July 25, 1942


P-38 Lightning
U.S. Air Force photo

     On July 25, 1942, a U. S. Army P-38 fighter, (Ser. No. 41-7647), was making a landing approach to the Augusta State Airport when the pilot overshot the runway and crash landed in a sand pit beyond and the plane caught fire.  The aircraft was loaded with gasoline and ammunition and the pilot was trapped inside.  Ignoring any danger to themselves, eight enlisted men of the Military Police from Camp Keyes ran to the plane and managed to rescue the pilot.  These men were later identified and received medals for their heroism.    

     The rescuers were identified as follows:

     Private George W. O’Connell of New York City.

     Sergeant Joseph E. Cote of Cranston, R. I. 

     Private Edward A. Singer of Boston, Mass. 

     Sergeant Charles J. Hoffman of Bridgeport, Conn.

     Sergeant Alfred H. Paddison of Worcester, Mass.

     Corporal Alfred H. Squires of Westfield, Mas.

     Sergeant Francis J. Curran of Jamaica Plain, Mass. 

     Private Joseph De Napoli of West Hartford, Conn. 

     Sergeants Hoffman and Paddison were severely burned during the rescue. 


     The Waterbury Evening Democrat, “Military Police Will Be Honored” September 17, 1942


Augusta, ME. – February 2, 1991

Augusta, Maine – February 2, 1991

     On February 2, 1991, a Cessna 172, (Reg. No. N62746), belonging to the Maine Civil Air Patrol, was taking part in training exercises at the Portland Airport.  Later that day, the aircraft came to the Augusta Airport where it made a touch-and-go-landing.  As the aircraft was taking off it was seen to suddenly loose altitude.  It crashed into the side of a building on Western Avenue about a mile from the airport.  Nobody was in the building at the time.

     There were three people aboard the aircraft, and all perished as a result of the accident.


     Maine Sunday Telegram, “Civil Air Patrol Plane Crashes, Killing Two.” February 3, 1991, page 5B.   (The third person died later at a medical facility.) 

     Associated Press article, (unknown paper), “Investigators Seek Cause Of Plane Crash”, February 4, 1991.

     Aviation Safety Network

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