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NEWS!  During WWII  - March 8, 1945, a Navy F4U Corvair,  crashed on Sutter Avenue University City and Wellston City limits, St. Louis County, MO
 

 

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Thursday March 8, 1945. The plane was an F4U-1A Serial 56091 piloted by Roger E McCaughey ( b 12/15/21 d 5/26/2009) from SQD VFR-3 based at MCAS Quanticao Virginia.  [Added - to web page  2/6/2014]

 


A Corvair F4U  crashed In St. Louis County, MO University City Limits with Wellston  Sutter Ave.,  near Plymouth Ave.
Thursday, March 8, 1945

This is Bob's version of the event: Jan 2007

Jim  and Walt : I  had these pictures for over all the years, I would guess it was while we were maybe in  Jr. High. I was there.1944-45 time frame maybe. Sutter Ave just South of HS football Field perhaps.F4U Corsair has always stuck in my head, but I do not know planes that well. F4U was the Navy Corsair. 
Bob Class of '49   Jan 2007 email

 

 

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Jim Bowle's answer: Jan 2007  Bob: You brought back memories. I was telling an old pilot of Corsairs last Sunday about the one that crashed in Wellston. I'm not sure if you were with me or not but I remember it flying over the school yard in obvious trouble and seeing it go down and we took off. As I remember we thought it was trying to make the football field and didn't quite make it.   Jim B Class of '49   Jan 2007 email

Walt Wilson's answer: Jan 2007
Hi Bob;  I remember this crash. It was about two blocks from Bill M's house. I went home from school with him that afternoon, but we couldn't get close to the crash. It hit the front porch of a house on Sutter, very close to the intersection with Plymouth. You could see the smoke for miles. He was trying to land on the ball diamond at Wagner Park, on * Wherley Ave. across the street from Bill M's folks' house. His mom was home at the time, too. it was a close call for her because he couldn't have gotten stopped in the confines of the park, which was very small, and woulld have probably run into their house if he made the park. " Oh, By the way, it was a F4-U Corsair!"
Walt W Class of '49 Jan 2007 email

12/21/2013 12:10 PM from Emory VanKirk
Robert, I have the date of the crash. It is Thursday March 8, 1945. The plane was an F4U-1A Serial 56091 piloted by Roger E McCaughey ( b 12/15/21 d 5/26/2009) from SQD VFR-3 based at MCAS Quanticao Virginia.

The crash was listed as FLEF meaning Forced Landing due to Engine Failure. It also shows letter "A" for completely destroyed. They don't show encoding for a fire. The listing for this crash was 167 Sutter Ave, which must be a typo. The correct address is 1167 Sutter Avenue.

The serial indicates The F4U was made in 1942 or 1943.

In 1945 era navigation was usually by using the low frequency 4 course radio ranges. One quadrant range was centered thru this area leading to or away from Lambert Field.

I am going to pass on this crash date to historian at the library in University City. She didn't know anything about it but offered to check the microfilm newspaper files for us using our date. I will also check your method of search for the Globe. One way or another I will get both the Globe and the Post articles and the actual crash investigation report if it available.

PS Bob Thanks, for the pictures, mom had a plot in the Wagner Victory Garden and I recognized it right off the bat.
Also, your circle of the North's lot is around the lot on the south side of the crash. The left side of your rectangle goes right thru the crash site. I probable miss lead you with the wrong address.

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