Ludlow, MA. – March 20, 1943

Ludlow, Massachusetts – March 20, 1943

     On March 20, 1943, an army fighter pilot took off from Westover Field in Massachusetts for a routing training flight.  At some point during the flight, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing, and crash-landed in an open field on the farm of Herbert Gates.  Fortunately, a recent warm spell had thawed the frozen ground thus making the landing softer.  Although the plane suffered heavy damage, the pilot didn’t receive any serious injuries. 

     The pilot’s name and type of aircraft were not state in the newspaper article. 


     Transcript-Telegram, “Pilot Escapes In Ludlow Crash”, March 22, 1943, pg. 2.  (Article submitted by Eric Wiberg, author and historian.)    

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