Charlestown Aux. Naval Air Station – August 21, 1949
On August 21, 1949, this U.S. Navy, TBM-3E, Avenger, (Bu. No. 53100), stalled at an altitude of 50 feet while landing at Charlestown Auxiliary Naval Air Station in Charlestown, Rhode Island. The pilot was uninjured.
The aircraft was determined to be beyond repair, and as bulldozed into a pit and buried.
Source: Larry Webster, Aviation Historian, Charlestown, R.I.,
Photos via Donald Campbell/Larry Webster