Seattle, WA Planes Collide, Nov 1937
NAVAL COURT TO PROBE ACCIDENT.
BOARD OF INQUIRY NAMED TO INVESTIGATE DEATHS OF FIVE IN SEATTLE AIRPLANE CRASH.
Seattle, Nov. 4 -- (AP) -- A naval court of inquiry was summoned today to investigate the crash of two navy planes over Boeing Field that killed five navy fliers, in a 3,500-foot death dive yesterday.
The five who were killed manned a big naval bomber of Squadron VP-10. The two occupants of the other ship, an observation plane, parachuted to safety.
Chief Deputy Coroner Harlan S. Callahan said Chief Aviation Pilot J. D. GOODSELL, one of the two survivors, told him a crumpling wing of his plunging small pursuit plane sent his ship into a collision with the big bomber.
Callahan obtained a detailed account of the mid-air crash from GOODSELL and Seaman W. S. BOWMAN, who also parachuted to safety.
"GOODSELL told me the pursuit plane was diving at about 150 knots. All at once the men said they were flying on their back at the moment, GOODSELL saw part of what seemed to be the fuselage flying past his eyes."
"They realized a wing was off their ship. They said the plane started to roll, and rolled over two or three times, they were not sure. Then it hit and they didn't know right then what it hit rolling over on the end of one wing of the bomber."
"GOODSELL and BOWMAN fought their way free of the locked planes and leaped. Both of them said the smaller plane did not dive into the bomber, but was coming out of the dive when the loss of the wing rolled their ship over on the big plane."
Both GOODSELL and BOWMAN reported in uniform for flying duty today at the naval air station, after spending the night in sick bay. Officers and cadets were flying as usual at the base. The plane wreckage, was in a pile at the end of the takeoff runway.
The bodies of the five victims were taken today to Bremerton to funeral parlors there, pending the arrangement of funeral services.
They were identified as:
Lieutenant HENRY TWOHY.
Aviation Cadet KENNETH RHUDDY.
Aviation Cadet KENNETH SCHMIDT.
Aviation Machinist's Mate First Class MATTHEW McCRODDAN.
Radioman First Class RUSSELL REAGAN.
Daily Chronicle Centralia Washington 1937-11-04