Fort Devens, MA. – November 12, 1977

     Fort Devens Army Base, Massachusetts – November 12, 1977

     On November 12, 1977, two New Hampshire men were flying in a vintage 1938 Porterfield airplane when it developed engine trouble in the area of Fort Devens.  The pilot requested permission to land at the army base and it was granted.  After making repairs, the pilot attempted to resume his flight, but the plane crashed on takeoff at the end of the runway and both men were killed.       


     Transcript-Telegram, “Around New England – Crash Kills Two At Fort Devens”, November 14, 1977.  (Article submitted by Eric Wiberg, author and historian.) 

Fort Devens Airport, MA – December 23, 1941

Fort Devens Airport

Fort Devens, Massachusetts – December 23, 1941


L-3C  Ser. No. 42-459 Ft. Devens Airport, Mass. December 23, 1941 U.S. Air Corps Photo

L-3C Ser. No. 42-459
Ft. Devens Airport, Mass.
December 23, 1941
U.S. Air Corps Photo

     On December 23, 1941, 2nd Lt. Lorenz F. Kubach was attempting to take off from Fort Devens Airport for a training flight when the engine of his airplane suddenly quit after he’d left the runway and had reached an altitude of 100 feet.  Knowing he didn’t have sufficient altitude to turn around, he attempted to get the plane back on the ground before reaching the end of the runway.  Going beyond the runway was not an option due to the rough terrain and a cliff that lay ahead at the edge of the field.   Therefore he dove the plane to the runway hoping to ground loop it, but his instead the plane bounced on one wheel and nosed over onto its back. 

     The aircraft was an L-3C, ser. No. 42-459.

     Although the plane was badly damaged, Lt. Kubach, and his passenger, 1st Lt. Hartzel R. Birch, received only minor injuries.

     The men were assigned to the 152nd Observation Squadron based at Fort Devens. 

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident #42-12-23-5 


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