Hudson, N.H. – June 17, 1928

Hudson, New Hampshire – June 17, 1928

     On June 17, 1928, a small plane carrying three people took off from a dirt airfield in Hudson, New Hampshire, for what was to a sight-seeing flight.  The aircraft had barely reached an altitude of 50 to 100 feet during take-off when it suddenly fell to the ground and immediately burst into flames. 

     The two passengers, former New Hampshire state senator, Marcel Theriault, 43, and Katherine Thomas, 22, both of Nashua, N.H., were trapped in the wreckage and burned to death. 

     The pilot, George Lennox, managed to free himself, and tried desperately to rescue the passengers, suffering severe burns in the process.  He was later admitted to a hospital n critical condition, but survived his injuries.     

     The crash was witnessed by family and friends of both passengers, including Miss Thomas’ fiancé.

     Senator Theriault was initially buried on the Hayward farm off Broad St. in Nashua, N.H., but in 1965 he was re-interred in Pine Knoll Cemetery in Hanover, N.H.

     A photo of this crash can be found on the Hagley Digital Archives website at   Search text for “Former state senator and girl killed in plane crash”


     Nashua Telegraph, “Body Of Prominent Man Killed In 1928 Air Crash Removed To Hanover From Secluded Grave Here”, September 9, 1965



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