North Haven, CT – July 7, 1941

North Haven, Connecticut – July 7, 1941

     On July 7, 1941, an airplane carrying three people crashed and burned in North Haven Connecticut.  Witnesses stated the craft swooped low roughly 50 feet off the ground and flew between two trees at the edge of a field, before accelerating and clipping a wing on another tree 250 feet away.  After striking the tree, the ship nosed into the ground and burst into flames.

     The pilot, Harry Lesnow, 35, and one of the passengers, Anna Lesnow, were thrown clear by the impact but received fatal injuries.  The other passenger, Miss Theresa Gans, (about 30) was pulled from the flaming wreckage by several men who were working nearby, but she did not survive. 

     It was surmised that Mr. Lesnow was attempting to land in the field when he aborted the attempt due to rough terrain.  

     Mr. Lesnow was the plant manager for Lesnow Brothers Inc. a shirt manufacturing business in East Hampton, Massachusetts.  Miss Lesnow was the office manager, and Miss Gans was a stenographer for the company.   


     Nashua Telegraph, “Three Killed, North Haven Plane Crash”, July 7, 1941, page 1

     New York Times, “Air Commuter Killed With Two In Crash”, July 8, 1941


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