Rockland, MA. – October 2, 1956

Rockland, Massachusetts – October 2, 1956   

U.S. Navy
Grumman F9F Panther
U.S. Navy Photo – National Archives

     On October 2, 1956, navy Lieutenant  (Jg.) Donald R. Good, (27), of Natick, Massachusetts, perished when the Grumman F9F fighter jet he was piloting crashed and burned in a sandpit near Summer Street in Rockland.  The aircraft had narrowly missed a row of houses and clipped some trees prior to the crash.  Lt. Good did not eject, and instead stayed with the aircraft due to being over a populated area.  He’d been stationed at the South Waymouth Naval Air Station.


      The Boston Globe, “Natick Pilot Dies At Rockland – Navy Board Opens Probe In Fatal Jet Plane Crash”, October 3, 1956.  Article submitted by Eric Wiberg, author and historian. 

     Aviation Safety Network

Rockland, MA. – August 24, 1978

     Rockland, Massachusetts – August 24, 1978

     At 11:05 a.m., on August 23, 1978, a twin-engine, U.S. Navy, US-2B aircraft, was beginning its landing approach to the South Weymouth Naval Air Station when it crashed in  a wooded area off Spring Street in Rockland.  The accident took place within 200 yards of a shopping plaza and large apartment complex.  There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

     Both men aboard the plane were killed.  They were identified as:

     Commander Albert Bailey, Jr., 39, of Weymouth, Massachusetts.

     Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Marriott, Jr., 35, of Hanson, Massachusetts.  


     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Navy Plane Crashes In Hub Suburb”, August 24, 1978, page 2.

     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Navy Fliers Are Killed”, August 25, 1978, Page C-1.


Rockland, MA. – December 6, 1969

Rockland, Massachusetts – December 6, 1969

Updated April, 2021


T-33 Trainer Jet
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On December 6, 1969, a T-33 trainer jet took off from the South Weymouth Naval Air Station for a routine training flight.  While over  Rockland, the jet was seen to go into a tailspin and crash in a wooded area.  Both men aboard were killed instantly. They were identified as Lieutenant Colonel George G. Cusack, and Captain Alan B. Holbrook.  

     Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel George G. Cusack, 38, was the executive officer of the Marine Air Reserve Attack Squadron 322.  He was a veteran of the Korean War, the recipient of the Korean Service Medal with three stars, a Presidential Unit Citation, the National Defense Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Organized Marine Corps Medal with two bronze stars.  He was survived by his wife and five children.  At the time of the crash his wife was pregnant with their sixth child who was named after his father.  

     There is also a street named for him in the town of Hampton, New Hampshire.  (Cusack Road)

     On April 27, 2021, the son of Lt. Col. Cusack contacted New England Aviation History with new information of this accident.  Because the aircraft was over a populated area, Lt. Col. Cusack and Captain Holbrook chose to stay with the aircraft rather than eject, and aimed it towards a wooded area away from homes and businesses, thereby saving many lives.   

     Marine Corps Captain Alan B. Holbrook was from Wellesly Hills, Massachusetts.  We have no further information about him at this time. 


     Hampton Union, Obituary for George G. Cusack, December 10, 1969

     Lane Memorial Library, Hampton, N. H. – local history

Rockland, MA – October, 1876

Rockland, Massachusetts – October, 1876 


    balloon The following news item about an early Massachusetts aviation accident was found in the October 14, 1876 edition of The Donaldsonville Chief, a Donaldsonville, Louisiana, newspaper.  

     “An aeronaut named Thomas, who ascended in a balloon at Bridgeport, Ct., was pitched into a tree at Rockland, Mass., and his balloon floated out to sea.” 

     No further details were given.


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