Branford, CT. – August 7, 1946

Branford, Connecticut – August 7, 1946

     On August 7, 1946, a 21-year-old man from Hamden, Connecticut, was practicing forced landings  in a single-engine aircraft when the landing gear and a wing of his “air coupe” airplane struck a tall tree causing him to crash.  The plane came down on the farm of Joseph Zuwallack.  Despite damage to the plane, fortunately the pilot wasn’t injured.   


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Hamden Aviator Unhurt In Crash”, August 7, 1946, page 10. 

Branford, CT. – July 4, 1944

Branford, Connecticut – July 4, 1944


P-47C Thunderbolt
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On July 4, 1944, 2nd Lt. John B. Hass took off in a P-47C fighter aircraft, (Ser. No. 41-6556), from Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, for a lone navigational training flight.   about forty-five minutes later, while passing over the town of Bradford, his aircraft dove into the ground and exploded, killing him instantly.  It was raining at the time of the crash, but the cause was undetermined. 

     To see a photo and obituary, click here:


     Book, “Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents In The United States, 1941-1945”, by Anthony J. Mireles, C. 2006.

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