North Haven, CT. – July 6, 1943

North Haven, Connecticut  – July 6, 1943


P-47B Thunderbolt
U.S. Air Force Photo

    On the morning of July 6, 1943, Lieutenant George Sutcliffe took off from Westover Air Base in Chicopee, Massachusetts, in a P-47 B Thunderbolt, (Ser. No.  41-6013) for what was to be a routine training flight.  Just after 11:30 a.m. while passing over the town of North Haven, Connecticut, he was forced to bail out.  He landed safely while his aircraft crashed and burned in a vacant area off Hartford Turnpike.   Nobody on the ground was injured.  

     Click here for more information about Lt. Sutcliff.


     Information supplied by Lawrence Webster, Aircraft Archeologist and Historian, of the former Quonset Air Museum

     North Haven Volunteer Fire Company report dated July 6, 1943. 

     Hartford Courant, “Crash Sites All But Forgotten”, by David K. Leff, November 21, 2010

North Haven, CT – October 2, 1932

North Haven, Connecticut – October 2, 1932

     On October 2, 1932, a Stinson Junior monoplane with four people aboard crashed on the edge of a pasture in North Haven, just north of Clintonville Road. (Today Route 22) The plane had taken off from New Haven Airport shortly before.

     Three of the four persons aboard were killed.  The dead were identified as (Pilot) George A. Smith, 29, and his brother Lester, 23, and Mrs. Beatie Russner, 25, of East Have, Connecticut.  Mrs. Russner’s brother, John A. Hood, 28, of West Haven, survived.


     New York Times, “3 Men And Woman Die When Plane Crashes”, October 3, 1932   



North Haven, CT – July 7, 1941

North Haven, Connecticut – July 7, 1941

     On July 7, 1941, an airplane carrying three people crashed and burned in North Haven Connecticut.  Witnesses stated the craft swooped low roughly 50 feet off the ground and flew between two trees at the edge of a field, before accelerating and clipping a wing on another tree 250 feet away.  After striking the tree, the ship nosed into the ground and burst into flames.

     The pilot, Harry Lesnow, 35, and one of the passengers, Anna Lesnow, were thrown clear by the impact but received fatal injuries.  The other passenger, Miss Theresa Gans, (about 30) was pulled from the flaming wreckage by several men who were working nearby, but she did not survive. 

     It was surmised that Mr. Lesnow was attempting to land in the field when he aborted the attempt due to rough terrain.  

     Mr. Lesnow was the plant manager for Lesnow Brothers Inc. a shirt manufacturing business in East Hampton, Massachusetts.  Miss Lesnow was the office manager, and Miss Gans was a stenographer for the company.   


     Nashua Telegraph, “Three Killed, North Haven Plane Crash”, July 7, 1941, page 1

     New York Times, “Air Commuter Killed With Two In Crash”, July 8, 1941


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