Squantum, MA. – February 13, 1946

Squantum, Massachusetts – February 13, 1946


TBM-3E Avenger
U. S. Navy Photo

     On February 13, 1946, a navy TBM-3 Avenger, (Bu. No. 23077), was taking off on a training flight from the Squantum Naval Air Station in Massachusetts, bound for the Quonset Point Naval Air Station in Rhode Island.  Immediately after leaving the ground the engine vibrated, backfired, and lost all power.  The aircraft fell back to the runway with its wheels still locked and down.  Upon landing, the pilot was forced to put the airplane into an intentional ground loop to avoid crashing into some ground obstructions.   Due to the speed at which this occurred, the aircraft suffered substantial damage, but the pilot was not hurt. 

     The aircraft was assigned to VJ-15

     Source: U. S. Navy accident report dated February 13, 1946. 

Squantum, NAS – May 13, 1943

Squantum Naval Air Station – May 13, 1943


North American Texan Military Trainer
Author Photo

     On May 13, 1943, a U. S. Navy SNJ-4 Texan trainer aircraft, (Bu. No. 26862), ground-looped upon landing at the Squantum Naval Air Station in Salem, Mass. The left landing gear was buckled, the left wing was warped, and the aileron and landing flaps were damaged.  The pilot and instructor aboard were not injured.

     The aircraft was assigned to VC-31.


     U. S. Navy accident report #43-6880, dated May 13, 1943.    


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