Grenier Air Force Base – August 16, 1956

Grenier Air Force Base – August 16, 1956


F-80C Shooting Star
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On August 16, 1956, Air Force Reserve pilot Captain Samuel B. Bellevue, (33), was killed when the F-80 fighter jet he was piloting crashed on takeoff from Grenier Air Force Base in Manchester, New Hampshire.  Capt. Bellevue was from Saco, Maine, assigned to the 89th Fighter Bomber Wing.  He was at Grenier AFB for two-weeks of training.   

     Source: Sanford Tribune, no headline, August 23, 1956, page 14, col. 2. 

Grenier Field, NH – April 2, 1942

Grenier Field, New Hampshire – April 2, 1942 


Douglas A-20 Havoc U.S. Air Force Photo

Douglas A-20 Havoc
U.S. Air Force Photo

      At 9:15 a.m., on April 2, 1942, a Douglas A-20 Havoc, (Ser. No. 40-108) with a crew of four aboard, took off from Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire, for a training flight.  Just after becoming airborne the pilot discovered that the landing gear would not retract.  He circled the airfield to land the plane, but aborted the attempt when he discovered further problems with the hydraulic pressure system.  After gaining sufficient altitude, the crew worked on fixing the problems. 

     After making temporary repairs, the pilot was cleared to land on runway 17, but upon touching down the brakes failed while the plane was halfway down the runway.  The pilot couldn’t retract the landing gear, and was unable ground loop the aircraft.  After avoiding some sandbag obstructions the aircraft plowed though a fence and was wrecked.  Fortunately the crew escaped with minor injuries.  

     The crew included:

     (Pilot)  1st Lt. Lloyd A. Walker  

     Lt. Col. Talma W. Inlay

     Corporal Charles B. Gannon, Jr.

     Pfc. Gaetano Pagliuco

     Source: U.S. Army Air Corps Technical Report Of Aircraft Accident #42-4-2-1




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