North Attleboro, MA. – June 16, 1955

North Attleboro, Massachusetts – June 16, 1955

     On June 16, 1955, two men in small airplane took off from Wilkins Airport in North Attleboro for a routine flight.  An hour later the plane returned to the field and was making a landing approach amidst strong gusty winds.  The winds were due to an electrical storm that was bearing down on the field.  Just as the plane touched down a wind gust lifted it back into the air.  The pilot then applied full throttle with the intent of making another pass at the field, but failed to gain enough altitude to clear some power lines that ran along Kelley Blvd. at the edge of the airport.  The plane struck the powerlines which wrapped around the propeller and pulled the plane down.  The aircraft suffered damage to the wings and propeller, but neither man was injured.     


     The Pawtucket Times, “2 Unhurt As Plane Crashes”, June 17, 1955, pg. 11.

North Attleboro, MA. – June 6, 1941

North Attleboro, Massachusetts – June 6, 1941

     On the evening of June 6, 1941, a 28-year-old pilot from Attleboro, Massachusetts, flew his Challenger biplane from Taunton, Massachusetts, to Wilkins Field in North Attleboro.  There he landed without incident, while his wife and two children looked on.  The wife had driven to the airfield to meet her husband and watch him land. 

     A short while later the man took off again to return to Taunton where the plane was stored.  Just as he became airborne, the engine suddenly began losing power and as he turned to return to the field the plane went into a spin and crashed in an brushy area next to Kelley Blvd., a road which bordered the airport.  The crash was witnessed by his wife and children.

     Although the plane was wrecked, the pilot didn’t suffer any life-threatening-injuries.  He was pulled from the aircraft and treated for head lacerations by a local doctor.   He then returned to the airport and directed operations for the wreckage to be transported  to his home. 

     The pilot held a student’s license, and had been flying for about a year.  He owned the plane jointly with another man, and it was not insured.  They had purchased it only six weeks earlier. 

     A footnote to this incident involves a photographer who charged the pilot with “malicious injury”.  The photographer alleged that the pilot smashed his camera and stole the film after the photographer had taken a picture of him after the crash.  The pilot plead not guilty to the charge and a court date was set for June 14.  The results of the trial are not known. 


     The Pawtucket Times, “Pilot Escapes In Plane Crash”, June 7, 1941, pg. 4. 

     The Pawtucket Times, “Denies Attack On Photographer”, June 9, 1941, pg. 6

North Attleboro, MA. – November 25, 1949

North Attleboro, Massachusetts – November 25, 1949

     On the afternoon of November 25, 1949, a fire broke out in the repair hangar at Wilkins Airport.  A mechanic who was working on a four-seat Bellanca cabin airplane inside the building when the fire started, attempted to fight the flames with a fire extinguisher, but was unsuccessful.  He then closed the open doors thus reducing fresh air to the flames and called the fire department. 

     The flames began to consume the airplane and spread to the main hangar, so the North Attleboro fire chief called for re-enforcements and engines from the neighboring town of Plainville responded.   There were no hydrants in the area which hindered firemen in their efforts, but the flames were eventually halted, but not before the Bellanca was destroyed.  It was valued at $6,000.   

     The cause of the fire was not readily determined, but was thought to have started with a short curcut. 

     There were no reported injuries.  

     Source: The Pawtucket Times, “Fire destroys $6,000 Plane at North Attleboro Airport”, November 26, 1949, pg. 5




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North Attleboro, MA. – June 18, 1948

North Attleboro, Massachusetts – June 18, 1948

     On the morning of June 18, 1948, a 27-year-old pilot took off from Hillsgrove Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, in a Cessna 140 airplane.  His destination was Wilkins Airport in North Attleboro.  Upon reaching the airport, the pilot attempted to land, but overshot the filed and was unable to stop.  The plane crashed through a fence, went across Kelley Boulevard, struck the curbing on the opposite side and nosed over and flipped on its back.  Despite the plane being wrecked, the pilot was not seriously injured.  


     The Pawtucket Times, “Plane Wrecked At No. Attleboro”, June 18, 1948, pg. 9.

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