Orange, MA. – August 9, 1970

Orange, Massachusetts – August 9, 1970

 

B-25 Mitchel bomber
U.S. Air Force photo

     On August 9, 1970, a World War II  B-25 Mitchel with a civilian registration was at Orange Airport in Orange, Massachusetts in preparation for delivery to a new owner in Rochester, New York.  The pilot was making a series of five touch-and-go landings to test the aircraft prior to making the journey.  On the third landing the aircraft suddenly veered to the left and cartwheeled onto the grass where it exploded and burned, killing the 35-year-old pilot.   As it went out of control, the B-25 barely missed striking a bystander watching the landings.

      Sources:

     The Providence Journal, (R.I.), “World War II Bomber Crash In Mass. Kills Pilot.”, August 10, 1970, (Two photos with article.)     

 

 

 

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