1945 - OFFICER IS KILLED AT AVIATION SHOW. ARMY PILOTED EXPERIMENTAL PLANE CRASHES ON CIVILIAN AUTO.
Dayton, Ohio, May 27 (AP) - Capt. WILLIAM GLASGOW of Niagara Falls, N.Y., a veteran of 80 combat missions over Germany, was killed and five civilians were injured critically as an experimental plane crashed and struck an automobile today within sight of more than 70,000 persons watching a war bond aviation show at Wright Field here.
Capt. GLASGOW was the son of William Cook Glasgow of Niagara Falls. He was shot down over Germany in 1943 and taken prisoner but later escaped and had been stationed here since last December.
The injured are WESLEY B. ROEHM, 23; his wife, SUSAN; their two children, NINA LEE, five weeks old, and DONNA IRENE, 20 months old; all of Leesburg, Ohio, and MISS KATHLEEN EYRE, 23, of Dayton.
The plane, an P-55 Curtiss Ascender which has its wings and engine behind the pilot, had roared across the field to the cheers of spectators when it suddenly crashed.
State Highway Patrolman C. T. Allen said ROEHM had just asked him how to get into the field and was in the act of turning his automobile around when it was struck.
One of the witnesses of the accident was Maj. Richard Bong of Poplar, Wis., who has shot down 40 Japanese planes. Maj. Bong was flying over the field at the time of the crash.
May 28, 1945
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