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Beverly, MA Coast Guard Helicopter Crash, Nov 1952

TWO COAST GUARDSMEN DIE IN HELICOPTER CRASH.

Beverly, Mass., (AP) -- Two Coastguards were killed today in the crash and explosion of a Coast Guard helicopter.
Although there were no witnesses of the actural crash, residents reported that just before the explosion, the helicopter came over at a low altitude, its engine sputtering and back-firing.
Names of the victims were withheld.
Arthur Litka dashed out of his garage, 75 feet away, just as the helicopter plunged into a yard behind a residence in the Beverly Cove section of this socially important North Shore community 18 miles north of Boston.
He said there were indications the aircraft struck once, bounced and then exploded, possibly in the air. The helicopter was demolished and both bodies badly mangled.
The helicopter, equipped with pontoons, was one of those operated by the Coast Guard from its nearby Salem base in rescue and patrol operations.

Newport Daily News Rhode Island 1952-11-13

Names of the Casualties:
Commander JOSEPH F. McCUE.
AD1 HENRY J. WHITE.



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