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.


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