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Old 17th February 2016, 16:52
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US Marines Parachute incidents China 1927 to 1928

During 1927 to 1928 US Marine aviation elements were deployed to China. They were based at Camp MacMurray

For background see


http://chinamarine.org/Tientsin/ButlersExpedition.aspx


I am aware of only 2 parachute incidents during this time and would appreciate confirmation of dates and serial numbers and cause if possible

Incident 1

August 18, 1927 Tech Sgt. Robert George "Joe-Pete" Fry from Boeing FB-1 A6887 at Hsin Ho, China - Cause Unknown

Fry was later the pilot of TWA Flight 599 Crashed Mar 31, 1931. Fokker F-VII tri-motor airliner NC999E which near Bazaar Kansas killing famed football coach Knute Rockne, of the University of Notre Dame

Incident 2


April 24, 1928 Capt. James Tillinghast "Nuts" Moore 0-685 at Tientsin racetrack. In this case he was giving a demonstration of aerobatics to the Chinese when the wings came off his machine. I would assume it was also a Boeing FB-1 but this is unconfirmed

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https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=...0china&f=false

and below (note the date is wrong for this) I have had two separate sources that it is April 24, 1928

http://eugenedownes.tripod.com/days_...arly_aviation/

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Old 18th February 2016, 14:59
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Re: US Marines Parachute incidents China 1927 to 1928

The Fry details are correct. His FB suffered structural failure while in a roll at 5,000ft.

Unfortunately I could not find anything on Moore's accident. However, the only likely candidate is FB-1, A6888, whose history card has the entry, "April 22 1928, complete wreck", while with the China Marines.
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Old 18th February 2016, 19:09
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Re: US Marines Parachute incidents China 1927 to 1928

George

As always

Many thanks for sorting these out


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