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Old 19th January 2017, 13:47
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June 24, 1929 Lt Paul Moore Clyde USN incident

On June 24, 1929 Lt Paul Moore Clyde USN (1903 to 1975) was flying an Boeing F3B, when he lost control of his plane in a spin and was forced to jump. He was struck on the right shoulder by a wing of the plane just as he opened his parachute, and his right arm was so seriously bruised that it was practically useless. He had about 900 feet of altitude left when he jumped and managed to get his boots off and feet out of his parachute harness before striking the water about four miles off shore in the vicinity of North Island. Fortunately, it was not yet dark and he was seen by two enlisted men, one on the road at Tent City, and the other further down the Silver Strand on the same road. One of these men drove directly to the Air Station and the other followed, after first attempting to telephone, Rescue efforts were commenced at once. Motor boats from the Air Station, the USS LANGLEY, the USS AROOSTOOK, the USS ALTAIR and the USS ARGONNE were sent out to search for Lieutenant Clyde.

He was finally picked dup by the barge of Rear Admiral Henry Varnum Butler (the Commander Aircraft Squadrons, Battle Fleet attached to USS LANGLEY) had picked him up at 2240, about three and one quarter hours after he had landed in the water.

Can anyone ID the aircraft involved? Many Thanks Paul
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Old 19th January 2017, 18:20
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Re: June 24, 1929 Lt Paul Moore Clyde USN incident

The aircraft was F3B-1, A7737, of VB2B and the accident occurred on the night of the 23rd. Clyde attempted a slow roll but ended up in a spin.
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Old 20th January 2017, 13:22
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Re: June 24, 1929 Lt Paul Moore Clyde USN incident

George

Many Thanks for information- All newspaper reports state either 'Monday' i.e 24th June or 'Yesterday'.(Newspapers printed on Tuesday 25th June or datelined 25th by News Organisation like AP)...

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