Milwaukee, WI Plane Crash, Apr 1930


MILWAUKEE, April 28 – (AP) – ALBERT RODEN, 26, Saukville, Wis., aviator, and HARRY WAGNER, 15-year-old Grafton, Wis., high school student, were killed yesterday when Roden’s plane went into a nose dive at a height of 300 feet and crashed onto Holterhoff Field.

Witnesses said the crash was apparently caused by a rudder jamming as the ship was preparing to land. RODEN held a private pilot license.

The Lincoln Star, Lincoln, NE, 28 April 1930


Milwaukee – (AP) – Federal investigators today questioned witnesses of an airplane rash that cost the lives of two youthful aviation enthusiasts yesterday.

Pilot ALBERT RODEN, 26, Saukville, and his friend and passenger, HARRY WAGNER, 16, Grafton, were killed when Roden’s plane fell 300 feet and crashed near the Holterhoff airport here.

Airport officials said they believed the ship got out of control when a sharp turn was made. The machine first went into a slip and then into a fat spin. Its nose struck the earth and the airplane crumpled.

WAGNER was killed instantly. RODEN died a few minutes later.

The pilot’s father, JOHN RODEN, accompanied by a daughter, were nearing the airport by automobile as the accident occurred, but did not see it. Examination of the wreckage revealed nothing wrong mechanically with the plane, said O.W. YOUNG, aeronautical inspector for the Department of Commerce.

The Appleton Post Crescent, Appleton, WI, 28 April 1930