Boston, MA. – May 19, 1938

Boston, Massachusetts – May 19, 1938 

     On the morning of May 19, 1938, a 23-year-old pilot and his passenger took off in a light monoplane aircraft from Boston Airport.  About twenty minutes later, (for reasons not stated in the newspaper article), the pilot was forced to make a landing in the mud flats near the airport.  When the aircraft hit the mud it nosed over.  Although the aircraft had suffered damage, neither occupant was injured.      


     The Pawtucket Times, (No headline), May 19, 1938, pg. 1

Boston, MA. – May 28, 1928

Boston, Massachusetts – May 28, 1928

     On May 28, 1928, Army Lieutenant Julian S. Dexter of Bolling Field, Washington, D.C., was taking off from the Boston Airport in what was described as a “pursuit plane”.  When the aircraft reached the altitude of 150 feet it lost power and crashed.  The aircraft was wrecked and Dexter received minor injuries, and was treated at the airport dispensary. 


     New Britain Herald, (Conn.), May 29, 1928, pg. 16.     

Boston, MA. – October 11, 1929

Boston, Massachusetts – October 11, 1929

      On the morning of October 11, 1929, an 18-year-old student pilot from Brookline, Massachusetts, was taking off from the East Boston Airport in a DeHavilland Gipsy Moth aircraft, (Reg. no. NC-9733).  When the aircraft reached an altitude of 60 feet exhaust valve seat suddenly failed causing a thumping of the engine to occur.  The pilot turned to make an emergency landing and flew level, keeping the nose up while cutting the fuel switch.  The aircraft made a hard landing damaging the lower wings, landing gear and fuselage beyond repair.  The pilot was not injured. 

     Source:  Commonwealth of Massachusetts Aircraft Accident Report dated October 11, 1929, (Massachusetts Air And Space Museum)



Boston Logan Airport – September 20, 1953

Boston’s Logan Airport – September 20, 1953

     On the night of September 20, 1953, a TWA Airliner with 37 people aboard landed at Boston’s Logan Airport in a four engine airplane inbound from Madrid, Spain.   As the aircraft was making its way on the tarmac it collided with a being operated in the area.  The tractor driver leaped to safety just before the impact which tore off one of the tractor’s tires and sent the vehicle tumbling several feet.  The aircraft suffered a damaged propeller.  There were no reported injuries. 

    Source: The Evening Star, (Washington, D.C.), “Airliner Hits Tractor At Boston; 37 Shaken Up”, September 21, 1953 

Boston Airport – January 10, 1938

East Boston Airport – January 10, 1938

     On January 10, 1938, a 25-year-old student pilot from Malden, Massachusetts, was killed when his airplane crashed at East Boston Airport on a training flight.  The plane crashed a few minutes after take off when it dove to the ground from an altitude of 150 feet.  No further details are known.

     Source: Nashua Telegraph, “Student Flier Killed In Crash”, photo with caption, January 11, 1938, page 1.  

Boston Airport – December 19, 1925

Boston Airport – December 19, 1925


     On December 19, 1925, a Curtiss JN-4, (Ser. No. 24-100), piloted by an Army Air Service 1st Lieutenant, was approaching the runway at Boston Airport, when the plane’s landing gear struck a pile of iron pipes at the end of the runway.  The landing gear was torn away and the plane crashed and broke in two on the pavement.

     The pilot was knocked unconscious and required three stitches in his face, nostril, and mouth.  The aircraft was a total wreck. 

     This aircraft had been involved in a previous accident in Cranston, Rhode Island, on September 8, 1925.  In that incident the aircraft lost power on takeoff and struck a fence. 

     Source: Army Air Service Aircraft Accident Report, dated January 11, 1926.        

Boston Airport – February 27, 1925

Boston Airport – February 27, 1925 

     At about 10:30 a.m. on February 27, 1925, Army 1st Lieutenant Max Balfour took off from Boston Airport in a De Havilland DH4B  bi-wing aircraft (Ser. No. 64609).  With him as a passenger was Major Louis H. Beuer of the Medical Corps.  Strong wind gusts of 35-40 mph were blowing from the northwest, and as the plane lifted off from the runway  it was hit by a powerful wind gust and crashed at the waters edge.  Neither man was injured, but the plane was described as “completely washed out.”

     Prior to taking off, Lt. Balfour had been experiencing trouble with frozen water lines in the engine, and they had to be thawed before the flight.  However, investigators didn’t believe that this had any bearing on the crash.     

     Source: Army Air Service Crash Report dated February 27, 1925

Boston Airport – September 15, 1941

Boston Airport, Massachusetts – September 15, 1941


P-40 Warhawk  U.S. Air Force Photo

P-40 Warhawk
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On September 15, 1941, a U.S. Army P-40C fighter aircraft (Ser. No. 41-13393) was cleared for take off from Boston Airport.  As the army plane was becoming airborne it was involved in a collision with a Stinson civilian aircraft (NE-87) belonging to Northeast Airlines, Inc.

     The army pilot escaped with minor injuries.  However, the Stinson pilot, and two of the three passengers were seriously injured.

     The P-40 was assigned to the 66th Pursuit Squadron in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident #42-9-15-3, dated September 17, 1941


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