Saugus, MA – September 2, 1911

Saugus, Massachusetts – September 2, 1911

     On September 2, 1911, an aviator, identified only by his last name of Schumacker, was taking off from Franklin Field in Saugus in a biplane belonging to Guy Foss, the son of Massachusetts Governor Eugene N. Foss.  According to witnesses, the aircraft had attained an altitude of 20 feet when it was hit by a gust of wind that nearly overturned it.  As the plane was nearly upside-down, Schmacker jumped free of the controls and tumbled along the ground. The airplane continued downward for another few feet and was smashed apart when it hit the ground. 

     Mr. Schumacker escaped with only minor injuries. 

     Source:   (N.Y.) The Sun, September 3, 1911, page 5     


Saugus, MA -October 21, 1915

Saugus, Massachusetts – October 21, 1915

     On October 21, 1915, Capt. Charles P. Redding of Melrose, Mass., and his mechanic, Phillip Bowman, of Malden, Mass., left Marblehead, Mass. in a Burgess biplane bound for Saugus Aviation Field. 

     The duo landed successfully, and later in the day took off again for a flight over Lynn, Massachusetts.  On their way back to Saugus Field, the plane crashed into a pool of water in the marshes of Saugus.   

     Charles Upham, a witness to the crash, made his way to the wrecked airplane and found both men still alive, however, they died within ten minutes.


     (Vermont) The Bare Daily Times, October 22, 1915, Page 3.

Boston Airport – May 8, 1932

Boston Airport – May 8, 1932

     On May 8, 1932, a small single-engine airplane with three men aboard was taking off from Boston Airport when at an altitude of about 200 feet the motor suddenly quit.  The plane dove into a rough area near the edge of the field, with one wing and the nose striking first. 

     All three men received serious, but non life threatening injuries.  They were identified as (Pilot) Thurle Ellis, of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Gus Rose, and John Day, both of Revere, Massachusetts.  All were taken to East Boston Relief Hospital.  


     New York Times, “3 Hurt In Boston Air Crash”, May 9, 1932


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