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Old 16th May 2017, 17:57
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Lemuel Taylor Cleaves Jr USN Parachute June 26, 1928

New York NY Evening Post 1928
BURNING PLANE KILLS FLYER
Falls 2,000 Feet to Death—Pilot
Escapes in Parachute
Vallejo. Cal., June 27 (AP).—Withrow Prince, aged twenty-three, naval radio operator, plunged 3,000 feet In a burning airplane to his death near here yesterday.
Ensign L. T. Cleaves, pilot, leaped to safety in a parachute. The plane crashed three and a half miles northeast of Vallejo.
The two flyers, attached to the U. S. S. Milwaukee, were conducting radio tests in a Corsair biplane when the ship burst into flames.


Ensign L. T. Cleaves is Lemuel Taylor Cleaves Jr. Born August 25, 1900, Died Sept 23rd 1959 Virginia.

Withrow Prince was born 8 March 1906 and is buried in Thompson, Windham, Connecticut,

Again can anyone supply the ID of the Corsair biplane involved

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Old 16th May 2017, 21:52
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Re: Lemuel Taylor Cleaves Jr USN Parachute June 26, 1928

The aircraft was A7554, an O2U-1 of VO-3S, based on Milwaukee.

Following a fuel leak Cleaves attempted an emergency landing at Vallejo, but the aircraft caught fire on approach. He was badly burned.
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Re: Lemuel Taylor Cleaves Jr USN Parachute June 26, 1928

George as always thanks paul
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