Point Judith, R.I. – June 28, 1944

Narragansett Bay – Point Judith, R.I., June 28, 1944


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

P-47D Thunderbolt – U.S. Air Force Photo

     At 7:15 p.m. on June 28, 1944, a P-47D (Ser. # 42-8040) piloted by Elmer Gatti, was on a routine training flight out of Hillsgrove Army Air Field when it crashed into the water just off Point Judith, Rhode Island.   Gatti was uninjured, and was rescued from the water by a Coast Guard boat from Point Judith Coast Guard Station.  The plane sank. 

     Source: Lawrence Webster – Aviation Historian

     Source: Providence Journal, “Plane Hits House; Man, Wife Burned” , June 28, 1944, pg. 1  (The headline refers to another crash that occurred the same day in Stonington Connecticut.)

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