Plymouth, CT. – May 31, 1946

Plymouth, Connecticut – May 31, 1946

     On May 31, 1946, a Curtiss aircraft with a man and woman aboard was in the process of taking off from Mount Tobe Airport in Plymouth.  When the aircraft had reached an altitude of only 30 feet it suddenly veered off course and crashed into several trees and was wrecked.  The engine buried itself into the ground, the landing gear broke away, and the left wing was broken at a right angle.   

       The 37-year-old pilot suffered scrapes and bruises and his 24-year-old passenger sustained a broken nose.   Both were taken to Waterbury Hospital for treatment.  


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Plane Crash Not Serious For Couple”, June 1, 1946, pg. 1.


Plymouth, CT. – June 15, 1946

Plymouth, Connecticut – June 15, 1946

     On the afternoon of June 15, 1946, an 18-year-old pilot and his 17-year-old passenger, both of Terryville, Ct., were flying in a rented airplane over the area of the Mount Tobe Airport in Plymouth, when the plane crashed killing both occupants.  At the time of the accident, the pilot was putting the aircraft through a series of “wing over” maneuvers at a low altitude.   

      The county coroner’s investigation report read in part: “As he (the pilot) reached the extreme northeasterly corner of the field at an altitude of about 250 feet, he put the plane into a steep bank to the left as though to come around and land in a southwesterly direction.  The plane banked part way around, the nose went up into a stall, and the plane fell off on the left wing into a spin.  After two complete revolutions in the spin, he crashed at the northeasterly corner of the field, killing both occupants”.        

     The type of aircraft involved in the accident is unknown. 


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Coroner Blames Pilot For Crash At Mount Tobe Which Killed Two”, July 25, 1946, pg. 16

Plymouth, CT. – August 27, 1940

Plymouth, Connecticut – August 27, 1940 

     On the afternoon of August 27, 1940, a student pilot and his instructor, were making practice take-offs and landings at Mount Tobe Airport.  (The type of aircraft is unknown.)  As the student was making his third take-off the motor suddenly stalled while at an altitude of seventy-five feet.  The plane came down onto the runway, bounced once, then nosed in.  The 27-year-iod instructor suffered bruises, while the 24-year-old student suffered a cut on his forehead that required three stitches to close.  Both were taken to St. Mary’s Hospital via police escort.  Damage to the airplane was estimated to be between $200 and $300.    


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Pilot, Student Hurt In Aeroplane Crash”, August 28, 1940, pg. 7

Mount Tobe Airport, Plymouth, Connecticut

     Mount Tobe Airport is located in the Greystone section of the town of Plymouth, Connecticut, and is also known as Waterbury Airport.  The concept for building the airport began in 1930, but plans were scrapped shortly thereafter due to lack of funding.  Work was resumed in 1933. 

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Waterbury Democrat
December 14, 1933

Waterbury Democrat
December 14, 1933

Waterbury Democrat
September 13, 1934

Waterbury Democrat
May 19, 1938

Waterbury Democrat
December 27, 1943

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Plymouth, CT. – November 18, 1944

Plymouth, Connecticut – November 18, 1944   

C-47 Aircraft – U.S. Air Force Photo

     On November 18, 1944, a U. S. Army C-47 Air Transport Command airplane was making a landing at Mount Tobe Airport in Plymouth when the plane went off the runway and was badly damaged.  There were no reported injuries.  The aircraft was later hauled back onto the runway by a “crash truck” sent from Bradley Field in Windsor Locks.  It was reported that repairs would take about a week before the plane could take off again.  No further details are known. 


     The Waterbury Democrat, “Air Transport Plane Damaged At Mt. Tobe”, November 21, 1944, pg. 3 

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