Brunswick, ME Navy Patrol Bomber Crash, Apr 1952
PILOT CALLED HERO IN CRASH OF AIRPLANE
Brunswick, Me. (AP) -- A Navy pilot Tuesday emerged as hero of a crash and fire that killed five men and injured the other five aboard a crippled patrol bomber attempting an instrument landing here.
LT. (j.g.) THOMAS N. POLE, uninjured when his P2-Ventura swooped into mist-shrouded trees at the edge of Brunswick Naval Air Station Monday, suffered face and hand burns rescuing his co-pilot, LT. FREDERICK G. SACHSE, who was caught in the flaming wreckage.
SACHSE, who was critically burned, comes from Ann Arbor, Mich., and POLE from Hackettstown, N.J. Both live now at nearby Yarmouth.
One of the Ventura's engines failed on a flight to Quonset Point, R. I., and the piilot tried to return here, the plane's home base.
On POLE'S first approach to a new runway he was off to one side and as he made a second pass "something else went wrong," Cmdr. J. B. IFFT said, and the plane crashed into the trees.
"Probably the second engine was cutting out and the craft lost its emergency power," IFFT added.
The tail section was ripped off. All the dead were in that part of the ship. None was from the Northwest.
Walla Walla Union Bulletin Washington 1952-04-15
NAVY IDENTIFIES MAINE AIRPLANE CRASH VICTIMS.
Brunswick, Me., April 15 (AP) -- The co-pilot of a Navy patrol bomber remained in critical condition today as investigation continued in the crash of the disabled craft in which five died and five were hurt.
Comdr. J. D. IFFT, executive officer of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, said engine failure undoubtedly was the major cause of the accident yesterday.
The two engined PV2 smashed into trees in a drizzle at the edge of the air base and burned furiously. It was attempting an instrument landing.
The co-pilot, LT. FREDERICK G. SACHSE, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was reported in "pretty bad shape" at the base infirmary.
LT. THOMAS N. POLE, of Hackettstown, N. J., the pilot, was the hero of the mishap. Uninjured in the crash, POLE suffered face and hand burns rescuing SACHSE.
The Navy identified the dead as:
AO1 WALTER N. POLEN, JR., Alden, N.Y.
ALC SHERMAN L. MOORE, JR., of Bath, formerly of Oakland, Cal.
AL3 OSCAR KRAMPF of New York.
AOAN GEORGE W. THOMPSON, JR., of Stevenson, Ala.
AO3 ROBERT L. SCHAFER of Ohio.
Besides LTS. POLE and SACHSE, the injured are:
LT. (jg) EDWARD G. BUCK of Muskogee, Okla., the navigator.
ADC RAYMOND R. FUSSELL of Auburn, formerly of Pineapple, Ala.
AT3 JACOB G. KARL of New Brunswick, N.J.
Newport News Rhode Island 1952-04-16