Trenton, ON Air Force Planes Collide, Oct 1937
MID-AIR CRASH IS FATAL TO 3.
TWO R.C.A.F. MACHINES COLLIDE AT 500 FEET AT TRENTON, ONT.
COURT OF INQUIRY TO PROBE CRASH.
Trenton, Ont., Oct 18. -- (C.P.) -- Three Royal Canadian Air Force fliers were killed today when two planes collided 500 feet over the north end of the R.C.A.F. training camp here.
Dead are 25-year-old R. DOUCETT, a pupil flier from Shediac, N.B., who was alone in one machine, and Flight Lieutenant J. A. MacINNES and Flight Sergant E. F. O'CONNOR, occupants in the second plane.
Spectators said the plane in which MacINNES and O'CONNOR were flying dove into the DOUCETT machine, striking it broadside.
MacINNES, married and father of two children, lived at Trenton. O'CONNOR'S home was Ottawa.
DOUCETT, banking his plane when the collision occurred, was killed instantly as the two machines dropoped through the mist and fog and crashed in a tangle of steel and fabric on the aerodrome. O'CONNOR also was dead when he was lifted from the wreckage. MacINNES died before an ambulance could get him to hospital at Belleville, about 12 miles east of here.
Despite poor visibility, about 20 planes were in the air today over the R.C.A.F. airport.
COURT OF INQUIRY.
Ottawa, Oct. 18. -- (CP) -- A court f inquiry has been appointed to investigate the Trenton crash which resulted in the deaths of three Royal Canadian Air Force fliers today, it was announced by the department of national defence.
Flight Lieutenant J. A. MacINNES, Pilot Officer R. L. DOUCETT and Flight Sergeant E. F. O'CONNOR were killed when two planes collided in mid-air.
Lethbridge Herald Alberta 1937-10-18