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Fatal Groton Plane Crash

Issue 12 and Volume 101.

Fatal Groton Plane Crash On Saturday evening, September 18th, 1948, two student pilots in a low-wing BT-13 army trainer were on a flight from Hornell, New York, to Providence, Rhode Island, and return. While heading back toward New York state they ran into a severe thunderstorm while over Groton, just across the Thames River from New London, Conn. The plane circled Navy Heights, a government housing project located about two miles south of the U. S. Submarine Base, at an altitude of about 500 feet. When the trainer failed to come out of a tight left turn, the motor stalled, and the plane plunged earthward. It crashed into the front lawn of a duplex house at 37 Grand Street, occupied by Nicholas D’Aquilla, his wife Emily, and their son Gerald, and the family of Joseph Maltby. It struck the ground in front of the D’Aquilla side of the house. Seconds…

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