Worcester, MA. – April 7, 1932

Worcester, Massachusetts – April 7, 1932

     On the morning of April 7, 1932, famous aviator Frank M. Hawks was taking off from the Worcester Airport when his plane crashed on takeoff seriously injuring him.  The crash was due to a “soft field” which prevented him from gaining the minimum 70-mile-per-hour take off speed.  The aircraft  went into some underbrush before crashing into a stone wall.  

      Hawks was transported unconscious to Worcester Hospital for treatment.  


     The Evening Star, (Washington, D. C. ), “Capt. Hawks Is Seriously Hurt As Plane Crashes In Take-off”, April 7, 1932 

Worcester, MA. – October 3, 1943

Worcester, Massachusetts – October 3, 1943 


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

     On October 3, 1943, 2nd Lt. Edward Miller of Rock Springs, Texas, was piloting a P-47B fighter aircraft, (Ser. No. 41-5982), over the Worcester area when he was forced to bail out of his aircraft.  The airplane crashed in a wooded area and Lt. Miller was slightly injured upon landing. He was taken to a hospital by a passing motorist. 

     Lt. Miller was assigned to the 322nd Fighter Squadron at Westover Field in Chicopee, Massachusetts. 


     The Waterbury Democrat, “British Flyers Killed In N. E. “, October 4, 1943, page 9.  (The article included three separate accidents, Lt. Miller’s being one of them.) 

Worcester, MA. – October 19, 1992

Worcester, Massachusetts, – October 19, 1992 

     At about 6:30 p.m. on the evening of October 19, 1992, a Beech Baron airplane with two people aboard was approaching the runway at Worcester Airport when the aircraft crashed and burned just after receiving clearance to land.  Both pilot and passenger were killed.  The aircraft had been en-route from Gaithersburg, Maryland.    

     Source: Providence Journal, “2 People Killed In Worcester Air Crash”, October 20, 1992, page B-3

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