Boston Airport – December 19, 1925

Boston Airport – December 19, 1925


     On December 19, 1925, a Curtiss JN-4, (Ser. No. 24-100), piloted by an Army Air Service 1st Lieutenant, was approaching the runway at Boston Airport, when the plane’s landing gear struck a pile of iron pipes at the end of the runway.  The landing gear was torn away and the plane crashed and broke in two on the pavement.

     The pilot was knocked unconscious and required three stitches in his face, nostril, and mouth.  The aircraft was a total wreck. 

     This aircraft had been involved in a previous accident in Cranston, Rhode Island, on September 8, 1925.  In that incident the aircraft lost power on takeoff and struck a fence. 

     Source: Army Air Service Aircraft Accident Report, dated January 11, 1926.        

Boston Airport – February 27, 1925

Boston Airport – February 27, 1925 

     At about 10:30 a.m. on February 27, 1925, Army 1st Lieutenant Max Balfour took off from Boston Airport in a De Havilland DH4B  bi-wing aircraft (Ser. No. 64609).  With him as a passenger was Major Louis H. Beuer of the Medical Corps.  Strong wind gusts of 35-40 mph were blowing from the northwest, and as the plane lifted off from the runway  it was hit by a powerful wind gust and crashed at the waters edge.  Neither man was injured, but the plane was described as “completely washed out.”

     Prior to taking off, Lt. Balfour had been experiencing trouble with frozen water lines in the engine, and they had to be thawed before the flight.  However, investigators didn’t believe that this had any bearing on the crash.     

     Source: Army Air Service Crash Report dated February 27, 1925

Boston Airport – September 15, 1941

Boston Airport, Massachusetts – September 15, 1941


P-40 Warhawk  U.S. Air Force Photo

P-40 Warhawk
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On September 15, 1941, a U.S. Army P-40C fighter aircraft (Ser. No. 41-13393) was cleared for take off from Boston Airport.  As the army plane was becoming airborne it was involved in a collision with a Stinson civilian aircraft (NE-87) belonging to Northeast Airlines, Inc.

     The army pilot escaped with minor injuries.  However, the Stinson pilot, and two of the three passengers were seriously injured.

     The P-40 was assigned to the 66th Pursuit Squadron in Windsor Locks, Connecticut.

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident #42-9-15-3, dated September 17, 1941


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