Westerly, R. I. – April 14, 1943

Westerly, Rhode Island – April 14, 1943


P-47B Thunderbolt
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On April 14, 1943, 2nd Lt. Robert W. Coleman took off from Trumbull Field in Groton, Connecticut, for a gunnery training flight.  Shortly after take off his aircraft, a P-47B  Thunderbolt, (Ser. No. 41-5998), developed engine trouble as it was passing over the town of Westerly.  He was forced to make an emergency landing in an open field strewn with boulders.  When the aircraft struck the boulders it erupted in flames.  Lt. Coleman did not survive. 


     Book, “Fatal Army Air Forces Aviation Accidents In The United States, 1941 – 1945”, by Anthony J. Mireles, C. 2006.      

Westerly, R. I. – November 13, 1944

Westerly, Rhode Island – November 13, 1944


F6F Hellcat
U.S. Navy Photo

     On November 13, 1944, an F6F-5 Hellcat, (Bu. No. 70977), crashed into some trees at the end of the runway of the Westerly Airport as it was making a landing approach.  The pilot suffered non-life-threatening injuries and the aircraft was a total loss. 


     U. S. Navy Accident Report dated November 13, 1944.    

Westerly, R. I. – September 5, 1999

Westerly, Rhode Island – September 5, 1999

     At 11:30 am on September 5, 1999, a Piper Cherokee aircraft, (Reg. No. N4830S), with a pilot and four passengers from Connecticut aboard, crashed seconds after becoming airborne from the Westerly State Airport.   The plane broke apart on impact and debris was scattered between the end of the runway and Post Road.  The pilot and two people from Hartford, Connecticut, perished in the accident.  The two survivors, both from South Winsor, Connecticut, were transported to medical facilities for treatment. 


     Hartford Courant, “Plane Crash Kills Three In Rhode Island”, September 6, 1999.  

     NTSB Brief, #NYC99FA220

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. – December 4, 1991

Westerly, R. I. – December 4, 1991

     Shortly before 11:30 a.m. on December 4, 1991, a Cessna 182 with two men aboard took off from Westerly Airport bound for Block Island.  Just after take off, while at an altitude of about 500 feet, the engine suddenly lost all power, and the aircraft went down in a cow pasture off Airport Road across the street from the airport entrance.  While making the emergency landing, the aircraft struck a rock causing it to flip onto its back, but it didn’t catch fire.  Both men extricated themselves without injury.  The aircraft was a total loss. 

     Source: Providence Journal, “Plane Loses Power And Crashes In Pasture; Two Aboard”, December 5, 1991, page C-1    


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