Westerly, R. I. – October 16, 1945

Westerly, Rhode Island – October 16, 1945


Corsair Aircraft
U. S. Navy Photo

     On October 16, 1945, a pilot was making practice carrier landings at the Westerly Auxiliary Naval Air Station in an FG-1D Corsair, (Bu. No. 88397).  After five successful landings and take offs, the aircraft ground-looped and flipped on its back.  The pilot was not injured, but the aircraft required a major overhaul.    

Source: U. S. Navy accident report dated October 16, 1945. 

Westerly, R. I. – September 2, 1929

Westerly, R.I. – September 2, 1929

     On September 2, 1929, two women were burned to death when the bi-plane they were passengers in crashed on Misquamicut Beach shortly after take off from Misquamicut Filed.  (Today known as Westerly State Airport.)

     The pilot, identified as Lieutenant Arthur Manning, told investigators that the plane developed engine trouble just after take off. 

     The dead were identified as Mrs. Fred Hunter of 3 Avery Street, Westfield, Massachusetts, and Miss Marie Day, of 20 Cotton Avenue, West Springfield, Massachusetts. No autopsies were performed. 

     There was no mention as to a specific aircraft- military or civilian – in the news article.   

Source: Woonsocket Call, “Fatal Airplane Crash Probed”, September 4, 1929, Pg. 3.      

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