Rockland, MA. – August 24, 1978

     Rockland, Massachusetts – August 24, 1978

     At 11:05 a.m., on August 23, 1978, a twin-engine, U.S. Navy, US-2B aircraft, was beginning its landing approach to the South Weymouth Naval Air Station when it crashed in  a wooded area off Spring Street in Rockland.  The accident took place within 200 yards of a shopping plaza and large apartment complex.  There were no injuries to anyone on the ground.

     Both men aboard the plane were killed.  They were identified as:

     Commander Albert Bailey, Jr., 39, of Weymouth, Massachusetts.

     Lieutenant Commander Kenneth Marriott, Jr., 35, of Hanson, Massachusetts.  

     Sources:

     Westerly Sun, (R.I.), “Navy Plane Crashes In Hub Suburb”, August 24, 1978, page 2.

     Providence Evening Bulletin, “Navy Fliers Are Killed”, August 25, 1978, Page C-1.

 

Rockland, MA. – December 6, 1969

Rockland, Massachusetts – December 6, 1969

 

T-33 Trainer Jet
U.S. Air Force Photo

     On December 6, 1969, a T-33 trainer jet took off from the South Weymouth Naval Air Station for a routine training flight.  While over  Rockland, the jet was seen to go into a tailspin and crash in a wooded area.  Both men aboard were killed instantly. 

     They were identified as:

     Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel George G. Cusack, 38, executive officer of the Marine Air Reserve Attack Squadron 322.  He was survived by a wife and five children.

     Marine Corps Captain Alan B. Holbrook of Wellesley Hills, Mass.       

     Source:

     Hampton Union, Obituary for George G. Cusack, December 10, 1969

Rockland, MA – October, 1876

Rockland, Massachusetts – October, 1876 

 

    balloon The following news item about an early Massachusetts aviation accident was found in the October 14, 1876 edition of The Donaldsonville Chief, a Donaldsonville, Louisiana, newspaper.  

     “An aeronaut named Thomas, who ascended in a balloon at Bridgeport, Ct., was pitched into a tree at Rockland, Mass., and his balloon floated out to sea.” 

     No further details were given.

    

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