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.  


     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.       


     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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