Off Scituate, MA – August 28, 1934

Off Scituate Massachusetts – August 28, 1934 

     On the morning of August 28, 1934, Lt. Maurice J. Connell, 45, of the U.S. Army Reserve, left Marston Mills Airport in Barnstable flying an army bi-plane.  He was headed for Boston where he was to take on a photographer for an aerial photo mission.  As he neared the city he encountered heavy fog conditions and wound up over the town of Scituate which is to the south of Boston.  He tried to land three times: once on a golf course, again on a plowed field, and a third time on a sand bar, but for reasons not stated in the press, was unsuccessful. 

     After his third attempt his plane made a loud noise as if an explosion had occurred, although it could have been the engine backfiring.  The sound was heard by navy personnel stationed at the Fourth Cliff radio station, and immediately afterwards the roar of the plane’s motor stopped.  At the time Connell’s aircraft was over the water off Scituate.

     The Coast Guard was notified and the area was searched, but only small pieces of wreckage were recovered.       

Source:

New York Times, “Flier Falls In Sea Off Scituate In Fog”, August 29, 1934

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