North Walpole, N.H. – January 17, 1937

North Walpole, New Hampshire – January 17, 1937

     On January 17, 1937, a small plane with two men aboard made an emergency landing in a field in North Walpole, New Hampshire.  The pilot was identified as Walter B. Switzer, 35, of Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey, and his passenger was identified as Dr. Gustave Frank, of Springfield, Massachusetts.

     The day before, the pair had flown to Lyme, New Hampshire, where Mr. Switzer reportedly wanted to see a commercial landing field site.  On their way back they encountered foul weather and made the emergency landing. 

     At this point Mr. Frank got out of the plane and watched Mr. Switzer attempt to take off again, but the plane abruptly crashed into a clump of trees.  Mr. Switzer was pulled from the wreckage and taken to a hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.    

     Source: New York Times, “New Hampshire Crash Kills Jersey Airman”, January 18, 1937


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