Bayou Chico, FL Navy Planes Collide, July 1937


Pensacola, Fla., July 7. -- (UP) -- Two navy aviators were killed Wednesday when an observation plane and a fast pursuit ship collided over Bayou Chico and crashed, the naval air station announced.
The bodies were so mangled that identification was impossible, attaches at the air station said.
The pilot of the pursuit ship attempted to save himself by jumping with his parachute. He was caught in the plane's propellor and mangled, witnesses said.
Both pilot and plane fell into the waters of the Bayou.
The pilot of the other plane remained with his craft as it crashed on the shore and burned.
His charred body was found in the ship's cockpit.

Billings Gazette Montana 1937-07-08