San Diego, CA Famous Avaitor Killed, Oct 1915

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ARMY AVIATOR FALLS 1,800 FEET AND DROWNS.

LIEUT. TALIAFERRO, WHO HELD RECORD FOR LONG FLIGHT, LOSES LIFE AT SAN DIEGO.

San Diego, Cal., Oct. 11. -- Lieutenant WALTER R. TALIAFERRO, stationed at the United States army aviation corps school at North Island, fell 1,800 feet into San Diego Bay today and was killed.

TALIAFERRO ascended from the army hangars on North Island early today and had been almost continuously in the air, when about 11:30 o'clock his machine suddenly became unmanageable. The machine came down swiftly and fell into the bay about a quarter of a mile from shore. The water at this point is about fifty feet deep.

At nightfall divers from the U.S.S. San Diego had failed to bring to the surface the body of the Lieutenant. The aeroplane is fast in the mud 50 feet below the surface and a quarter of a mile from shore. The body is entangled in the machine.

Witnesses say TALIAFERRO was attempting to loop-the-loop when he lost control of the machine. Strapped fast to his seat, he had no chance to free himself.

The New York Times New York 1915-10-12